A Stittsville father was completely “devastated” Monday night after learning his two children, aged six and 10, and his wife were dead in what police confirmed as a double murder-suicide.
Insp. John Maxwell of the Ottawa police’s major case investigations unit said Tuesday investigators are still trying to determine exactly what events lead to the killing of Jon Alexander Corchis, 10, and Katheryn Elizabeth Corchis, six, and their mother Alison Constance Easton, 40.
The father, Jon Corchis, was brought in for questioning after he made the grisly discovery upon arriving home at 25 Granite Ridge Drive. Emergency crews responded shortly after getting a 911 call at 5:30 p.m.
“God bless him and hopefully he can make it through this,” said Maxwell.
Investigating this type of crime is rare for police, he added, but still “horrific.”
“It’s everybody’s worst nightmare because it’s so sad. It’s a criminal act, but it’s on the human tragedy side of the balance,” he said.
Maxwell said investigators have learned some information about what might have lead to the incident, but declined to comment on it.
Media reports said the mother had left behind a note at the scene of the crime.
Maxwell said Ottawa Fire Services were first to respond to the single family home, which is just a few feet away from Stittsville Public School, where the two children both attended.
“Thank God there are men and women who go out there into the darkness like we do,” said Maxwell. “The first officers on scene, most of them have families. This is very difficult.”
Autopsies for the mother and two kids were scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. A cause of death will likely be known Wednesday.
“This might seem like a cut and dry file. Not necessarily. That’s why we want to talk to a lot of people. Friends, family, acquaintances, and find if they saw anything along the way,” said Maxwell.
Police said no one is in custody and no charges are expected to be laid. The investigation continues.