Park Issues Statement on Grand Canyon Deaths

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October 17, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

A Woodbury, Minn., man apparently shot his children, set fire to the recreational vehicle they were in, then turned the gun on himself last week, according to the National Park Service.

A statement released Thursday (Oct. 13) by a Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman shed more light on the grim case that thus far had produced few details and left community members around Woodbury, a St. Paul suburb, troubled, the Woodbury Bulletin reported.

The news release followed more than a week of mystery after Anthony Dehaven and his two children, Jace and Jersey Dehaven – all of Woodbury – were found dead Oct. 3 near Grand Canyon National Park’s south entrance. Their bodies were recovered from the RV, which had become fully engulfed in flames.

Last week the park service announced the deaths were the likely result of a murder-suicide, but offered no other details.

“Based on the evidence known to date, investigators believe Dehaven shot his two children before igniting a fire in the RV and then turning the gun on himself,” Thursday’s statement reads. “It is important to note that investigators are continuing to examine all potential leads and that additional investigation is ongoing.”

The investigation is being conducted by the National Park Service with support from the Flagstaff, Ariz., Fire Department; Coconino County, Ariz., Medical Examiner's Office; the FBI Evidence Response Team; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The statement said no other news releases related to the incident were expected to be released.

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