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Family of Six Found Dead in Oregon

March 15, 2002

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McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) _ A family of six was found shot to death in their rural home in an apparent murder-suicide, investigators said Friday.

Robert Bryant, described as a 37-year-old self-employed landscaper, is believed to have shot his wife and four children, ages 9-15, before turning the gun on himself, said Yamhill County District Attorney Bradley C. Berry.

It wasn’t clear how long the victims had been dead or what the motive might have been, Berry said. He said neighbors hadn’t seen the family for about two weeks and the children hadn’t been in school.

Evidence ``indicates that Mr. Robert Bryant killed his wife and children and then took his own life,″ Berry said.

Besides Bryant, the victims were identified as his wife, Janet, 37; and children Clayton, 15, Ethan, 12, Ashley, 10, and Alyssa, 9.

Deputies roped off the area around the Bryants’ home on a hillside outside McMinnville, a prosperous town of about 25,250 in the heart of Oregon’s wine-growing country.

The family moved to the area last summer and was living in a rural subdivision in the foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range about 20 miles south of Portland.

Two sheriff’s deputies were in the vicinity Thursday night when neighbors approached them to express concern about the family. Deputies spotted what appeared to be a body inside the home. They then found five more bodies inside.

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