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Very sad news from my hometown *updated with more info*

Posted by on Apr. 16, 2011 at 8:51 AM
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This is the second time very recently where someone in a family has snapped and killed relatives and the county is the smallest in Ohio.  No names were released but I know a few people on my facebook know them.

I can't imagine what in life could be so horrible to do this.  :(  I do know the kids were 4,2 and 1.

BREAKING NEWS: 5 dead of apparent murder-suicide in Oak Harbor


Posted: Apr 16, 2011 4:47 AM EDTUpdated: Apr 16, 2011 5:44 AM EDT

OAK HARBOR, OH (WTOL) - 5 people have been found dead inside of a Ottawa County home of an apparent murder-suicide, Saturday morning.

Ottawa County Sheriff, Bob Bratton confirms that 3 children and 2 adults and were found in the home located at 964 N. Leutz Road in Oak Harbor.

Bratton says that a man called 911, stated his name, and said that something tragic just happened at his residence. The man then admitted to killing his wife and children and said was going to kill himself before hanging up.

A SWAT team was sent to the scene of the crime and upon entering the residence found the 5 people dead.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is expected to hold a press conference later this morning with more details.

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******My SIL was in the same grade in high school as the couple (I graduated 2 years ahead of them) and a friend of mine who I was a cheerleader with took the kids pictures and those are the pictures being posted all over every news site.  She is really really shook up based on her facebook post. :(  The town is super small and everyone is related to everyone out there.  

Ashley Atwater, 4, left, and her brothers Isaac, 2, kissing baby Brady, 1, were found dead inside their rural Oak Harbor home, along with the bodies of their mother and father, in an apparent murder-suicide. PROVIDED TO THE BLADEEnlarge
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Published: 4/16/2011 - Updated: 2 hours ago 


9-1-1 AUDIO

Dad tells 9-1-1 he killed wife and 3 kids, then shoots self in Ottawa County

BY TAYLOR DUNGJEN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Alan and Dawn Atwater were married in November 2005.Alan and Dawn Atwater were married in November 2005.PROVIDED TO THE BLADEEnlarge | Photo Reprints

OAK HARBOR — An Ottawa County man called 9-1-1 just after midnight Saturday and told authorities that he shot his wife and three children in their Salem Township home and that he was getting ready to kill himself.

When authorities later forced their way into the home at 964 Leutz Rd., they discovered Alan Atwater, 31, his wife, Dawn Atwater, 30, and three children — daughter Ashley, 4, and sons Isaac, 2, and Brady, 1 — all dead of gunshot wounds, Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton said during a news conference Saturday in Port Clinton.

Authorities described the deaths as an "unexplainable incident," noting there were no known domestic or financial problems facing Mr. Atwater or the family. 

"Obviously this is a tragedy," said sheriff's Capt. Olen Martin. "Three young, innocent lives taken. And Mrs. Atwater."

The bodies all were found upstairs in the same room, with Brady's body in a bed. Authorities said they are unaware of any notes being left at the scene.

AUDIO: Listen to 9-1-1 call

After receiving the 9-1-1 call at 12:11 a.m., a sheriff's special response and command team responded to the family home and attempted to contact Mr. Atwater from outside the dwelling. They used a loud speaker and made cell phone calls without response.

Ottawa County sheriff's deputies remained on scene mid-morning Saturday at the home on Leutz Road, northeast of Oak Harbor in Salem Township.Ottawa County sheriff's deputies remained on scene mid-morning Saturday at the home on Leutz Road, northeast of Oak Harbor in Salem Township. THE BLADE/LISA DUTTONEnlarge | Photo Reprints

They forced the front door open at 2:52 a.m., at which time the bodies were discovered. 

"It was a situation where it was extremely critical," Sheriff Bratton said on why deputies didn't enter the home right away. 

While they received the 911 call, they didn't know whether it could be an ambush or hostage-type situation without using practical procedures and monitoring the home, the sheriff said.

Mr. Atwater's voice was steady and calm when he called the emergency line.

"There has been a terrible accident at my house, my wife and three children are dead," Mr. Atwater told a communications deputy who received his 9-1-1 call.

When asked what had happened to them, Mr. Atwater replied "gunshot wound" and said, "I'm getting ready to kill myself right now."

"Did you kill them?" the dispatcher asked; Mr. Atwater said, "Yes." The deputy asked what had happened but Mr. Atwater hung up the phone.

Joan Atwater, who lives down the road from the home of her grandson Alan Atwater, said he killed his family and then himself.Joan Atwater, who lives down the road from the home of her grandson Alan Atwater, said he killed his family and then himself. THE BLADE/LISA DUTTONEnlarge | Photo Reprints

Joan Atwater, grandmother to Mr. Atwater, lives in a neighboring home on the corner of Leutz and Salem-Carroll roads. She helped authorities by calling her grandson's cell phone before they gained entry.

She said a fourth child, 12-year-old Mandie, Mr. Atwater's daughter and Dawn's stepdaughter, was not home at the time.

The couple were married on Nov. 4, 2005, according to marriage license records. Their birth records state they both were born in Oregon.

The family lived in a two-story white farm house with a big yard and swing set, not far from the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station where Mr. Atwater was employed in the maintenance department. Mrs. Atwater was a stay-at-home mother.

The sheriff's department said he had no criminal record and that it wasn't aware of any disputes between the couple.

This map shows the location of the home on Leutz Road, northeast of Oak Harbor, where five family members were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.This map shows the location of the home on Leutz Road, northeast of Oak Harbor, where five family members were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide. THE BLADE/GOOGLE EARTHEnlarge | Photo Reprints

This is the second time within six months that the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office has dealt with the killings of multiple family members.

William J. Liske, 25, is awaiting trial on charges of aggravated murder stemming from the Oct. 31, 2010, deaths of his father, stepmother, and stepbrother in their home on State Rt. 2 just east of the Lucas-Ottawa County line.

William E. Liske, Jr., 53, and wife Susan Liske, 46, were found with gunshot wounds to the head in their bedroom. Her son Derek Griffin, 23, had been beaten to death in his upstairs bedroom.

Mr. Liske pleaded not guilty to all charges, for which he faces the death penalty if convicted.

 

~Kelly~
Mom to 3 boys ages 12,10 & 7
and 3 girls ages 9, 4 & 2

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bether89
by Ruby Member on Apr. 16, 2011 at 8:52 AM

That is terrible.

critter_boo
by Sarah on Apr. 16, 2011 at 8:54 AM

omg

critter_boo
by Sarah on Apr. 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

i used to live near there

MommyOK
by Platinum Member on Apr. 16, 2011 at 8:56 AM

That is heartbreaking.......all I can say......I can't imagine how bad the life has to become that someone would decide that their family is not worth living....:(((

Tiredmom53
by on Apr. 16, 2011 at 10:15 AM

I am so sorry to hear of this happening

othermom
by Ruby Member on Apr. 16, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Horrible

styler7
by Stacey on Apr. 16, 2011 at 2:19 PM



Quoting bether89:

That is terrible.


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alliesmom112
by on Apr. 16, 2011 at 2:23 PM
How awful. I feel for the family members that are left. I will be keeping them in my prayers.
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KamiB79
by on Apr. 16, 2011 at 3:10 PM
How sad. I'm praying for the family.
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Leelee1008
by Alicia on Apr. 16, 2011 at 6:50 PM

oh no, that is very sad, and scary too. there is just so much going on anymore that people are going insane.

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