A small Calaveras County community has been rocked after an apparent murder-suicide, where a man killed his two teenage children and then himself.
Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies showed up to a home near Sandalwood Drive and Canyon Ridge Court a little after 3 p.m. Saturday to do a welfare check.
Friends of the teens told authorities that they had not heard from the teens since Thursday, so they went to the house on Saturday to look for them – seeing the father, Philllip Marshall, lying in a pool of blood on the floor.
Deputies soon confirmed the grisly scene, finding Marshall as well as his two teenage children – 17-year-old Alex and 14-year-old Macaila – and the family dog dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Investigators found that the three had been shot once in the head, although the official cause of death will not be determined until later.
Authorities note that the wife of Phillip, and the mother of the teens, was out of the country at the time of the incident. She is also said to be estranged from Phillip.
The teens were students at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp, authorities say.