Maryland Family Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 18, 2009 3:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police discovered five bodies in a Maryland house today after a man apparently butchered his family and killed himself, the Frederick News Post reports. Few details are known, but police in Middletown, Md., say Christopher Alan Wood, 34, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the AP reports. His wife, two boys, and girl died after "traumatic cuts." Family members found the bodies this morning and led police to the scene.

Frederick County Sheriff's deputies stand guard outside a house in Middletown, Md. on Saturday, April 18, 2009 where five bodies were found.
Frederick County Sheriff's deputies stand guard outside a house in Middletown, Md. on Saturday, April 18, 2009 where five bodies were found.   (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Sam Yu)
A priest comforts people walking next to the house in Middletown, Md. on Saturday, April 18, 2009 where five bodies were found.
A priest comforts people walking next to the house in Middletown, Md. on Saturday, April 18, 2009 where five bodies were found.   (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Sam Yu)
A Frederick County Sheriff's deputy prepares to enter a house in Middletown, Md. on Saturday, April 18, 2009 where five bodies were found.
A Frederick County Sheriff's deputy prepares to enter a house in Middletown, Md. on Saturday, April 18, 2009 where five bodies were found.   (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Sam Yu)
The bodies of a couple and their three children are driven away from a home where authorities say they died in a  apparent murder suicide, Saturday, April 18, 2009, in Middletown, Md.
The bodies of a couple and their three children are driven away from a home where authorities say they died in a apparent murder suicide, Saturday, April 18, 2009, in Middletown, Md.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
A priest comforts people walking next to the house in Middletown, Md. on Saturday, April 18, 2009 where five bodies were found.
A priest comforts people walking next to the house in Middletown, Md. on Saturday, April 18, 2009 where five bodies were found.   (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Sam Yu)
Map locates Middletown, Md., where five people were found dead in a home today.
Map locates Middletown, Md., where five people were found dead in a home today.   (Associated Press)
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