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Police: Utah man shot and killed wife and 2 children, then killed himself

SALT LAKE CITY – Police say a Utah man fatally shot his wife and children to fend for themselves with guns he bought after moving from Switzerland months ago.

Mapleton police chief John Jackson said in a statement Tuesday that the 45-year-old Timothy Griffith used two guns, one to kill his family and the other to kill himself.

He bought them in September, after they moved to the Utah town in July for its work for Nestle.

Griffith was found dead Thursday along with his 42-year-old woman, Jessica Griffith; 16-year-old stepdaughter, Samantha Badel; and 5-year-old son, Alexendre Griffith. The family dog also was killed.

Jackson says police are still looking for a possible motive.

The family was discovered after Timothy Griffith failed to show for the work, and the neighbors saw their cars had not moved.

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