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Mass. Man Accused of Slaying Family in Custody



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    Police search through a Winchester, MA home for clues in the deaths of four family members. CT police are on alert for a person of interest.

    A man whose wife, two children and mother-in-law were found slain in the family's Winchester, Massachusetts home is in police custody in Massachusetts.

    Massachusetts state police and Winchester police said on Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for Thomas Mortimer IV, 43, charging him with four counts of murder.

    He was taken into custody in Bernardston, Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that he is alive and that circumstances of his cature have not been released. 

    On Wednesday morning, police in Winchester made a gruesome discovery inside the Mortimers' Windsong Lane home and the Middlesex district attorney in Massachusetts described the scene as horrific, disturbing and unspeakable.

    Inside the home, officials found the bodies of 4-year-old Thomas Mortimer V, 2-year-old Charlotte Mortimer, their mother, Laura Stone-Mortimer, 41, and her mother Ellen Ragna Stone, 64, police said.

    Authorities have been looking for Laura’s husband and the father of the two children, Thomas Mortimer IV, since Wednesday and the investigation led police to Avon, Connecticut on Wednesday.

    Connecticut state police spent part of Wednesday evening inside Mortimer’s parents’ Avon home but they would not answer questions as to why they were there.

    Mortimer’s father, Thomas Mortimer III, 69, told the The Boston Globe that he went to Winchester to babysit for his grandchildren on Sunday and that was the last time he saw his son.

    “Things seemed to be pretty fine,’’ he told the Globe from his Avon home. “It’s just hard to understand what could have happened.’’

    The Globe reports that Thomas Mortimer IV  had been out of work for about a year, but recently secured a job as a software salesman and that he, his wife and children had lived with Ellen Ragna Stone and were waiting until the economy improved to buy their own house.

    On Wednesday, Avon police patrolled Mortimer's parents' neighborhood and spent part of the night in front of the house.

    “I’m sure there’s reason to be concerned, or we all wouldn’t be here right now,” said neighbor Becky Sahl.

    Sahl along with other neighbors described Mortimer’s parents as nice, friendly, and private.According to the Middlesex District Attorney, a relative of the Mortimers visited the Winchester house on Wednesday with local police and firefighters and found the victims.

    The district attorney is investigating and said the slayings do not appear to be random.