Police are still searching for the reason why Michael Woodruff, 45, shot his 16-year-old stepdaughter to death, and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide in their Brigham City, Utah, home on Sept. 10.
The bodies of Michael Woodruff and stepdaughter, Alix Norman, were discovered by Alix’s mother, Chrishell Woodruff, on Tuesday evening.
According to The Daily Herald, the mom discovered her daughter’s lifeless body in the basement of her home around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. After police arrived on the scene, they found Michael Woodruff’s body nearby, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Michael Woodruff also shot and killed the family dog before killing himself.
A .40-caliber Glock pistol was used in the shootings.
Police are waiting for the results of autopsies and toxicology reports, but have no motive what prompted the killings.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, police said that there was no suicide note left at the scene, and that there was never a history of domestic violence or substance abuse at the home.
By all outward appearances, Michael Woodruff and his stepdaughter Alix always got along fine.
Brigham City Police Lt. Michael Nelsen said, "maybe we’ll never find out what happened."
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