Mother, Daughter, Marine Veteran Found Dead in Utah Murder-Suicide

POLICE: Ex-Marine killed woman and 5-year-old girl before killing self

by Pat Reavy
Deseret News, March 23, 2012

Police Friday said they believe Landon S. Jorgensen killed his live-in girlfriend and her 5-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself.

The three were found dead Thursday in a double murder-suicide in the rural southern Utah town of Central.

Polics say Adria Jordan Parker and her daughter Eliza Kate Parker were murdered by Marine veteran Landon S. Jorgensen who also killed himself.

Friday, Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Tersigni said a preliminary investigation showed that Jorgensen, 24, shot and killed 25-year-old Adria Jordan Parker and her daughter, Eliza Kate Parker, before shooting and killing himself.

Jorgansen apparently had recently moved into the home with Parker. The bed of his  pickup truck parked outside the house was filled with his possessions, leading investigators to speculate that he may have been moving out.

One neighbor said he often heard screaming and yelling coming from the house at all hours, but police had never been called.

“We’ve never had any incidents at that home, so we haven’t had any calls or any domestic violence situations,” Tersigni said. “So basically, this is our first time responding there.”

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