Police say the officer noticed what gave the impression to be a physique inside the house. "Grand Forks Public Schools was informed that a parent and three students were found deceased in the residence", Grand Forks School District Communications Coordinator Tracy Jentz wrote in a statement.
Paula Stevens, 58, who lives two doors down from the house where the four were found, said the family had moved into the house just a couple months ago. She said the woman was living there as a renter, but that she rarely saw the family because the woman worked odd hours and the long winter kept the kids indoors.
Police found the bodies Thursday morning after one of the children's schools asked them to do a welfare check. A North Dakota school district says they are a parent and three students, but it wasn't clear if the adult victim was the woman. He declined to release any information about how they died.
A sad and tragic tale is being uncovered in Grand Forks where the bodies of a mother and three children were found Thursday morning in a south side house.
The house had been cordoned off by crime tape on Thursday.
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Police will remain at the home until satisfied they've found everything they need to answer the questions that remain, Zimmel said.
The district said they were working with schools involved to provide support and counseling, and that they couldn't provide any additional information. Police said he then forced entry in order to check on the person and discovered four bodies with gunshot wounds.
"It's a little frightening because Grand Forks is supposed to be like a safe town, a place where you can keep your doors unlocked", said Caralyne Ronai, a senior at the University of North Dakota who was walking through the neighborhood. Police are withholding the names of the useless till family have been notified.
A handgun was recovered at the scene and police say they are not searching for any suspects now but have not said anything about a motive. The investigation is active.