Four people were found shot to death inside a car in Alabama and authorities believe they died as part of a suicide or murder-suicide pact.
Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris confirmed that two of the bodies found were people who had been charged in connection to child pornography in Tennessee and had been scheduled to appear in court. The other two people, Harris said, were implicated but not charged in the same case, according to WVTM.
“They all died of gunshot wounds, and at this point we’ve ruled out any type of hostile drug takeover, a drug deal gone bad, or anything like that,” Harris told The Cullman Times. “We’re exploring the possibility of some self-inflicted suicide, or murder-assisted suicide between the four. Forensics is doing a trajectory investigation now.”
Authorities say the victims, who range in age from mid-20s to early 50s, are all from Tennessee, and all but one were related. The names of the deceased have not been released, pending family notifications.
A woman had noticed the vehicle on her way to work Wednesday morning and called authorities when she saw it in the same place on her way home. The four bodies reportedly were taken to Huntsville for autopsies.