The bodies of three family members were found at their McCalla, Alabama, home Sunday evening, after a concerned relative informed police that nothing had been heard from the family all weekend.
The three victims have been identified as 14-year-old Kimberly Hutcheson, 12-year-old Peyton Hutcheson, and their mother, 49-year-old Doris Hutcheson.
Jefferson County police officers arrived at the home around 7 p.m. and found Doris and Kimberly’s bodies in their beds, while Peyton was on the living room couch. Each had been shot once.
“We have had a violent series of events over the weekend,” Jefferson County sheriff’s Lt. David Agee said, according to AL.com. “We have a lot of men and women working very hard to find some answers.”
Steve Hutcheson, Doris’s 47-year-old husband and the father of both children, is yet to be located by police. Authorities are not describing him as a suspect. The family’s car is also missing, leading deputies to believe that Steve could be driving it.
“We have a lot of concern for the husband, his safety, where he is and what he could possibly tell us,” Agee said. “We need to find him; he’s a missing piece.”
“We have no indication there is a suspect loose in the community,” Assistant Sheriff Mike Logan said. “If anything is developed, we will share that immediately.”
Neighbors and family members were shocked and confused.
Shelby Barnhill, Steve and Doris's niece, said that she tried to get into the house after not hearing from the family since Friday.
“The house is destroyed,” she said. “But they didn’t take anything.”
“They were sweet; I don’t understand who could have done it and why,” Barnhill added. “I don’t think it was my uncle. We’re just puzzled. We don’t know where my uncle is or who would have him.”
“They kept themselves to themselves and didn’t bother anybody,” neighbor Jimbo Reynolds said.