A father killed his wife and 16-month-old daughter then fled 1,100 miles across the U.S. before committing suicide in a hotel room, police said.
Daniel Johnston, 29, of Oklahoma City, allegedly killed his wife Tara, 29, and daughter Allison, and was later found dead in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After flying west on Sunday, Johnston committed suicide in the hotel room last night. He did it by cutting his wrists and ankles, his father claimed.
Mystery: Daniel Johnston, 29, of Oklahoma City, allegedly killed his wife Tara, 29, left, and daughter Allison, right, and was later found dead in Las Vegas, Nevada
Marriage: The motivation for the devastation caused to the apparently happy family is unclear
Tragic: The bodies of the mother and daughter Allison, pictured, were found around 8am on Tuesday after police were contacted with an anonymous tip-off
‘It was clearly, clearly, a double homicide,’ Oklahoma City Police Sergeant Gary Knight said. ‘And it was also clear that the guy killed himself.’
Police had been looking for Johnston after they found his relatives’ bodies on Tuesday morning. Their times of death are currently unclear.
Authorities are also probing any potential motive. Johnston’s only bad mark on his record before the alleged killings was a traffic ticket.
‘How an adult or someone could harm a child is unbelievable to us,’ the victims' next door neighbour Al Fielder told CBS affiliate KWTV.
‘They seemed very happy. They would walk up and down the street, walking their baby in the stroller. This is the most unlikely thing.’
Scene: The home where the bodies were found, in far northeast Oklahoma City, is near the boundary that separates the city from nearby Edmond
Father and baby: Police uncovered the tragedy in Oklahoma and Nevada on Tuesday after two bodies were found at the home in Oklahoma City
Smiles: Neighbours said the couple seemed 'very happy' and were often seen out and about, walking their baby in a pram
One of Mrs Johnston's colleagues paid tribute to her 'happy and positive' co-worker, who was never daunted by misfortune.
'She loved her daughter,' the colleague continued. 'Allison was her life.'
The turbulent end to her life seems to have come out of the blue, as just two weeks ago she was publicly showing affection to her husband.
'Happy Valentine's Day to the most wonderful husband in the world!!', she wrote on her Facebook profile.
Mrs Johnston's best friend Christina Kalabic also spoke warmly of her, and added that she found it difficult to blame Daniel Johnston for his actions.
'It's hard for me to talk bad about him,' she said, 'because I knew him as well and it's hard for me to say he was a bad guy because I really don't think he was.'
The bodies of the mother and daughter were found shortly before 8am on Tuesday after police were contacted with an anonymous tip.
The home where the bodies were found, in far northeast Oklahoma City, is near the boundary that separates the city from nearby town Edmond.
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Tags: Mystery, father, murders, wife, infant, commits, suicide, hotel
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