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Some Victims Shot, Some May Have Been Strangled

June 16, 1993

NORWALK, Iowa (AP) _ Some of the six victims found dead in a house in this quiet community south of Des Moines might have been strangled, not shot as earlier reported, authorities said.

Police Chief Mike Richardson said Tuesday that preliminary reports from the medical examiner indicate that not all the victims died from gunshots.

Norwalk police were called shortly after 1 p.m. Monday to the home of Mary Jolene Forsyth, 39, and her three children - Brian, 18, Nikki, 17 and Jessica, 9. They were found dead along with two family friends - Martina P. Napodano, 9, and Helen M. Napodano, 7.

Mrs. Forsyth’s estranged husband, Rick Wayne Forsyth, 42, also was found inside the home, shot in the head and arm. He was listed in serious condition Tuesday at a Des Moines hospital.

Richardson said investigators had not been able to talk with Forsyth. No charges had been filed, he said.

Richardson would not say which victims had been shot and which might have been strangled. And police refuse to speculate about the killings.

The Forsyths were all found in one bedroom with Rick Forsyth lying on the floor, Richardson said. The bodies of the two Napodano children, who were from the Des Moines area, were located in another bedroom.

Neighbors say the Forsyths were about to get divorced.