Police: 'Unspeakable Tragedy' as 5 Family Members Found Dead in Greenwood Home

August 01, 2019 11:40 AM

A family of five, including three children, are dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a home on the south part of Lake Minnetonka, police said Thursday.

South Lake Minnetonka Police were called to the home, located on the 20000 block of Channel Drive in Greenwood, at 12:21 p.m. Thursday. It's just off St. Albans Bay.

According to interim police chief Mike Siitari, police were called to the home on a welfare check when no one was seen or heard from for several days and the children missed school.

Siitari said the public is not in danger. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office was processing a "complex crime scene," he said.

"Obviously it's an extremely tragic event and it's going to take some time to sort through," he said.

Sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the bodies of the deceased were found scattered in various rooms throughout the house.  

Police declined to release the names, ages, or manner of death of those killed or who might have been the killer.

Brian Short's business posted a notice online saying the victims were Brian Short and his three children, Brooklyn, Cole and Madison. Brian Short is the founder of AllNurses.com.

“It is with great regret and a very heavy heart that I have to share some very sad news with you. There is no easy way to say this. ... Brian and his family have been killed. The news is calling it an apparent murder-suicide. ... No matter what the details are, the results are still the same ... a very tragic loss for the extended families, friends, co-workers and this nursing community,” the message reads.

Hennepin County property databases list the house as registered to Brian and Karen Short, who had three children.

The incident happened at an upscale home in Greenwood, a tiny village of just a few hundred people on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, about 20 miles west of Minneapolis.

Greenwood Mayor Debra Kind said she did not know the family but called it "very upsetting news."

"I hope that people who have suicidal thoughts get help, because this is a tragedy that is not necessary," she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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