5-Year-Old Girl Among 3 Dead In Reported Family Murder-Suicide

A 5-year-old girl was one of three people found dead inside of a home in Apple Valley, Minnesota, in an incident that police believe was yet another horrific family murder-suicide. David Crowley, his wife Komel Crowley, and their daughter were discovered dead on Saturday, but detectives say the apparent murder/suicide may have taken place some time ago.


The family's neighbor, Colin Prothnow, told police he assumed they had taken a long Christmas vacation, and had even cleared their driveway of snow twice in the time he thought they were away. He says he became suspicious when he noticed unopened Christmas gifts piling up by their door, so he rang their doorbell, but only heard their dog barking. He then looked through their window.

To his horror, we're sure, he says he found the bodies of Crowley, his wife, and their child on the floor with a black handgun next to them.

Detectives have not released details about how the family members died or how long ago they suspect this happened.

David Crowley was reportedly a veteran and a local filmmaker, while his wife worked as a dietitian. Their little girl has been described as "sweet" and "gifted" and Prothnow had nothing but kind words to say about them.

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Prothnow says he never heard the couple fighting and that they seemed like a perfect family. But he also now says that he recalls waking up one night in December hearing what he thought were the sounds of gunshots. He didn't assume it was anything to worry about, so he went back to sleep.

Crowley's neighbors say they have seen guns in his garage, but weren't sure if these were just props he used for his films.

Regardless of the cause of their death, this is an incredibly sad story and we can't begin to imagine how their relatives, friends, and neighbors feel at this time.

What do you think happened here?

If you need help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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