Five dead in suspected Western Canada murder-suicide

Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:57pm EDT
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A mother and three children have been found dead in the small Western Canadian farming community of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, police said on Wednesday, while the male suspect in the killings was found dead in a nearby town along with an uninjured six-month-old baby.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they found the bodies of a woman and three children, all less than nine years old, in a Tisdale home at 1 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) on Wednesday, after receiving a complaint that the family had not been heard from and could not be reached.

Five hours later the Mounties entered a house in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, a city of 35,000, 135 kilometers (84 miles) west of Tisdale, and found the suspect dead. They said they do not consider the man's death to be a homicide.

The suspect was known to the victims, police said. The infant found with him was placed in the care of Saskatchewan's social services agency.

Tisdale, 211 kilometers northeast of the south Saskatchewan city of Saskatoon, is a town of 3,500 in one of the province's most fertile agricultural regions.

(Reporting by Scott Haggett; Editing by Peter Galloway)