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Virginia police investigate family murder-suicide leaving 2 children dead

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STAFFORD, Va. — Four people are dead, including two young children, in an apparent family murder-suicide in Virginia.

Police found the bodies of a 35-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman, and two children — ages 5 and 18 months — inside a Stafford County home Thursday, the Stafford Sheriff's Office said in news release.

A preliminary investigation determined the incident was a "domestic related" murder-suicide, police said. Officials identified the dead as Lance and Amy Buckley, and their two children Claire and Abigail.

The sheriff's office received a 911 call shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday from a man who wanted to report three murders and a suicide, officials said. The man identified himself as Lance Buckley and then hung up the phone, police said.

Dispatchers called back repeatedly to no response, and officers responded to the house where they found the bodies.

Lance Buckley made headlines last year when he went missing after catching a ride to Howard University, where he was enrolled in a Ph.D program.  He was missing for about a week before being found safely in Maryland.

Friends say an older couple, their adult son, his wife and their two children lived at the home. Public records for the home shows that it is owned by Douglas and Loretta Buckley.


Police are continuing to investigate the murder-suicide.