Stepdad & Stepdaughter Dead in Murder-Suicide: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


Michael Woodruff was found dead in his family home on September 10 with the body of his stepdaughter and dog in Brigham City, Utah. Police have confirmed that the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide, carried out by Michael.

Here are five fast facts you need to know about Michael Woodruff…

1. The Girl’s Mother Found the Bodies



On Tuesday night, Chrishell Woodruff returned to her home at around 5:30 p.m. She entering through the basement, the mother discovered the body of her her 16-year-old daughter, Alix, according to the Daily Mail. She quickly called 911. Responding officers found the both of her husband, Michael Woodruff, in a separate room. The family dog was also found shot dead in another room.

According to the NY Daily News, Michael was found with a .40 caliber handgun next to his body. Chrishell did not know he even owned a gun. Police have said that the gun was not registered to Michael, according to ABC4.

Police believe Michael shot his step-daughter and the dog before turning the gun on himself.

2. Police Aren’t Aware of a Motive



At this time, a motive for the murder-suicide is not known. According to the NY Daily News, police did not find a note or a sign of struggle at the scene.

3. The Family’s Home Was Under Construction

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The Woodruff home was under construction at the time of the murder-suicide. The family was living in the basement, which is why the mother entered the home through the lower level of the home. That is where she found the dead body of her 16-year-old daughter.

4. Authorities Are Combing the Scene for Evidence



With all of these questions left unanswered, Brigham City Police are continuing the investigation into the deaths. Authorities will look into cause of death and toxicology reports from the state examiner’s office to look for further clues.

“We’re still investigating the whole scene,” said Lt. Michael Nelsen. “They’re going through with a fine-toothed comb to make sure we don’t leave anything uncovered, hopefully find some answers, but some of it may be left with them, too. It’s hard to say whether we’ll get the whole story.”

5. Family, Friends & Neighbors Were Not Aware of Any Problems

Michael Woodruff's step daughter, Alix. (Facebook)

Michael Woodruff’s step daughter, Alix. (Facebook)

According to the Daily Mail, relatives told police that they were not aware of any domestic issues, but had said the couple had been fighting.

Neighbors share the same impressions, describing the family as “wholesome, nice people.”

“He helped out our family if we ever needed anything-if we needed tools. He would wave and he would go biking. He was really nice. We never thought he would be capable of something like that,” said Jennifer Long, a friend of Alix.