Authorities consider death of father and kids is an apparent murder-suicide

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BENTON COUNTY, Mo.- Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox says the death of Darrell, Mayson, and Kaiden Peak appears to be the result of a murder-suicide.

The medical examiner is working to confirm that as the cause of death. Sheriff Knox did say he would not discuss the manner of how they died.

“We don’t know where they were between the time they searched, and the time they were found. Because my understanding is the lineman were actually in that building on Saturday and obviously there was nobody there then, so I have no idea where they spent that time in between,” said Sheriff Knox.

Utility workers in the area confirmed with Sheriff Knox that the three were not in the shack Saturday.

Darrell, Mayson, and Kaiden Peak’s bodies were found in a shack just off Highway 65 north of Warsaw.

The three went missing Thursday after the dad wrecked a family car and took another car the two boys were already in. Since Thursday, the three were seen walking along Highway 65 two different times, and Darrell refused assistance when authorities on both occasions went to talk to them.

On February 28, Darrell was charged with two counts of parental kidnapping.

“You just don’t see that here in this County. We had the murder of the little 4-year-old girl. I thought, you know that’s an anomaly. It just doesn’t happen here and then. Now we have this which you know, these folks aren’t our people. They’re not our citizens, you know they came from somewhere else. And I think we just happened to be the place where his car broke down. So, at the end of the day, you know Benton County is a safe, wonderful place to live. You know we have our issues like everybody else, but at the end of the day, it’s a beautiful, wonderful place to live,” Knox said.

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