PROVO, Utah – More information has been released in the death of five members of a Utah family who were found dead in their home last month.
According to KSTU, police say they found cups of “red liquid” next to the bodies.
“Investigators at the scene determined the cause of death to be an accidental or intentional poisoning either by ingestion or environmental causes,” police wrote.
In another warrant affidavit, officers said they found the bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and their children Benson, 14; Emery, 12; and Zion, 11; inside the master bedroom.
“Kristi and Benjamin were lying in the bed and the three children were lying around the bed, covered in bedding up to their necks,” police wrote in an affidavit. “Officers reported there was a red liquid substance coming from the mouth of Kristi Strack. All the occupants of the home were non-responsive. Next to each of the victims was a cup/drink with a liquid inside.”
Police also say they recovered boxes of cold and flu medication.
“Also in the same closed bag, were two empty boxes of allergy relief medication consistent with generic Benadryl. Approximately five empty blister packs were located for this medication. Among the items located were cups with a red liquid substance in Pepsi cups. Also located within the residence were empty bottles of liquid Methadone. The Methadone was dispensed to from a drug treatment clinic. Some of the empty bottles had future dates on them,” the search warrant affidavit said.
One officer stated in an affidavit that it is probable the deaths were not accidental.
The officer wrote, “…with the placement of the bodies, it would appear somebody had to position the bodies after they were deceased.”
According to KSTU, the five members of the Strack family were found dead in a bedroom last month by their 18-year-old son.
In one affidavit, police say they questioned Kristi Strack’s mother, who said “she couldn’t believe ‘she’ would do this to the kids.”
“Officers tried to clarify (the woman’s) statement, but she only assured them it wasn’t a carbon monoxide leak,” the affidavit said.
Authorities say the case remains under investigation.