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
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)

(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.