Toledo, Ohio, police investigating the deaths of five individuals in a garage on Monday have identified the victims. Police have also discussed a possible motive for a murder-suicide by Sandy Ford, the 56-year-old grandmother.
On Monday, five bodies were found in a Toledo, Ohio garage: a 56-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man, and three children, two girls aged 10 and five and a seven-year-old boy. On Monday, police ruled the deaths were due to carbon monoxide poisoning and did not believe the cause of death was accidental. Police were called to the scene by a concerned family member and were on the scene around 3:26 p.m., reports Toledo Blade.
When firefighters arrived at the home, they discovered the five victims in the garage. Police Sgt. Joe Heffernan described the scene. "Nobody wants to see five dead people. It's a very unpleasant scene, and we as first responders sometimes get used to a little bit, so to speak, but it is upsetting to see," he told the Toledo Blade.
The victims were identified late Monday, reports Reuters. The 56-year-old woman has been identified as Sandy Ford, the male as her son, Andy Ford, and the three grandchildren were identified as Paige Hayes, 10, Madalyn Hayes, 5, and Logan Hayes, 7. Randy Ford, Sandy's husband, had found suspicious notes in the home and found the garage door locked, which led to him calling the police, reports WNWO.
The police believed the deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning after finding hoses attached to the exhaust of the car. The police have also developed a motive for why Sandy Ford would kill herself as well as her grandchildren and her son. The grandchildren were living with the Ford family as part of a custody agreement. The children's parents were fighting to regain full custody of the three children and that dispute may have led to Sandy Ford taking her own life as well as her son's and three grandchildren's lives.