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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 12:02 PM
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Double Murder-Suicide Involving Two Children Suspected at Grand Canyon
On Monday, Oct. 3, three bodies were found on the interior of a charred motor home located at the Grand Canyon. Now, investigators and the National Park Service believe new evidence points to a possible double murder-suicide as cause of death.

The RV was located in a parking lot just off a well-traveled road into the Grand Canyon's South Rim where passers-by often stopped to take photographs of the scenic background. The area was closed off after the fire and bodies were discovered but was reopened to the public on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Grand Canyon spokeswoman Shannan Marcak, the bodies found belong to one adult and two children. The three have been identified by the St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale school district in Minnesota as two students and their father.

Spokeswoman for the school district, Jennifer McNeil, identified the deceased as Jersey DeHaven, a kindergartener at Skyview School in Oakdale and sibling Jace DeHaven, a sixth grader. The father of the two children was 35-year-old Anthony DeHaven. The family was vacationing in Arizona according to their grandmother. The grandmother notified the school district about the deaths.

"Our hearts go out to the entire DeHaven family," said McNeil, according to "Jace and Jersey DeHaven were both bright and wonderful students."

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