VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officers found a woman and
her two young sons dead in their suburban Detroit home Thursday when they
went there to notify the family of a fiery, fatal crash in Indiana.
they went to the home after being notified of a man's death in a crash
near Michigan City, Ind., which is just over the state line. When no one
responded they entered through an unlocked door and found the three bodies
in separate bedrooms.
didn't say how the three died but said the case was being investigated as
homicide. The boys, ages 4 and 7, were found in their own beds at the home
in Wayne County's Van Buren Township, police said.
was found in an adult bedroom.
"There was no
sign of forced entry. No sign of robbery," Van Buren Township Police Capt.
the coroner in LaPorte County, Ind., identified one of the people killed
in the crash as Michael VanDerLinden. Public records showed the
39-year-old VanDerLinden co-owned the Michigan home where the bodies were
found with his wife, 34-year-old Linda VanDerLinden.
there weren't confirming the identities of any of the people killed.
to tie the two together and why Michael was down in Indiana," Sullivan
confirmed that a weapon was found in the home, but didn't indicate what
kind. It was too early to speculate about what happened at the home, but
police planned to search the burned wreckage of the car involved in the
Indiana crash for a possible suicide note or other evidence, he added.
went through the home about 25 miles west of Detroit, collecting computers
and voice messaging equipment. Laurain said the woman who was killed was
described as a stay-at-home mother, while the man who died in the crash
worked in information technology
the quiet, clean subdivision of Tudor- and Colonial-style homes declined
to talk about the family.
Indiana said earlier that two people died about 1:30 a.m. on Interstate 94
in the crash which was caused by a driver going the wrong way. Police said
it appeared the driver left a highway rest area going eastbound in the
westbound lanes and hit another vehicle head-on, causing a fire that
engulfed both vehicles.
and 45-year-old Juan P. Nelson were pronounced dead at the scene, Sullivan
said. Two westbound lanes of I-94 near Michigan City were closed for
several hours after the crash.
Police say the
circumstances of the crash remained under investigation.