Five people found in burned home died in apparent murder-suicide

Remains of 5 people found after fire

HUBBARD, Ore. -- The five people found dead in the burned rubble of a house fire in Hubbard died in an apparent murder-suicide, police said. 

An autopsy confirmed the three children and adult man died of a gunshot wound to the head. The adult woman died of blunt force trauma to the head. Investigators said the house fire was set intentionally. 

Detectives said the remains appear to be the family that lived at the home: 42-year-old Keith Kroeker and 39-year-old Erin Kroeker, and their 10-year-old twin boys and a 7-year-old daughter. They have not confirmed the identities of the bodies and said the immediate family has asked for privacy. 

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the case is an active homicide investigation, specifically focused on murder-suicide. Officials do not believe there is any danger to the public. 

At 3 a.m. Tuesday, crews were called to the 18000 block of Fobert Road NE and found three structures on fire, a hot power line and lack of onsite water.

Thirty minutes after arriving, firefighters found a person dead in the home and notified police. The other four bodies were found over the next two days.

Family members say the Kroekers are a wonderful, loving, Christian family and nobody knew of any marital or financial problems. Keith was a senior design engineer at Intel and Erin is a full-time mom.


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