Family of 5 Die Mysteriously Inside Their Utah Home

Family murder/suicide stories have become all too common in the news, but we can't make the assumption that's what happened here. No one -- not even detectives -- have a clue why five family members were found dead inside of their Utah home this weekend.

The nightmare began when an older son arrived at their Springville home at around 8 p.m. Saturday and found the bodies of his parents and three younger siblings in one bedroom. Police identified the victims as Benjamin Strack, 37; Kristi Strack, 36; Benson Strack, 14; Emery Strack, 12; and Zion Strack, 11.

Rather than help clear up this mystery, preliminary autopsy reports only confused matters even more.


Medical experts found absolutely no trace of bodily trauma. No gun shot wounds. No stab wounds. Nothing. 

Of course, the results of bloodwork performed by a medical examiner will help determine whether poison or any other drug was ingested, but as of right now, there is no reason to believe that's what took place.

Firefighters reportedly entered their home prepared for the worst. But there were no traces of deadly gas.

The family had pets, and all were found alive and well. Police say they were walking throughout the house and were not found in the same room as the five family members.

Neighbors are saying the family was quiet and kept to themselves, but their family and friends have only positive things to say about them.

It's odd that all of the family members were in one room together when this took place. And a big question mark in the air is why, if you make the assumption this was some kind of family suicide, the older son wasn't a part of it. So many unanswered questions, and so much heartache here. We hope the surviving family member finds the closure he needs to get through this horrific tragedy.

What do you think happened here?

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