Mother and 4 Kids Killed in Iowa Home

Fatal car crash nearby linked to husband

By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 25, 2008 5:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – A mother and her four children were found dead in their Iowa City home yesterday by police who received an anonymous tip, reports the Daily Iowan. Minutes later, cops responded to a nearby highway crash involving a car belonging to the father of the family, Stephen Sueppel. The dead driver remains unidentified due to severe burns.

Sueppel was under investigation for allegedly embezzling $560,000 from the bank where he worked as vice president, and admitted to stealing more than $219,000 to buy cocaine. "He was really friendly, a nice guy," recalled a neighbor. Three of the dead children attended elementary school, and the fourth was believed to be 3 years old.

Sheryl Sueppel appears at a Des Moines Radio Group fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network in Iowa City, Iowa. Sueppel and her four children were found dead in their home yesterday morning.
Sheryl Sueppel appears at a Des Moines Radio Group fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network in Iowa City, Iowa. Sueppel and her four children were found dead in their home yesterday morning.   (AP Photo/Des Moines Radio Group)
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