Women who found Utah family dead heard screaming on 911 call - KMOV.com

Women who found Utah family dead heard screaming on 911 call

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) -- A friend and the grandmother of a family of five found dead in their Utah home last fall after overdosing on drugs can be heard frantically screaming in a 911 call released Tuesday.

Family friend Maureen Ledbetter tells the dispatcher that the whole family killed themselves as grandmother Valerie Sudweeks is heard screaming in the background. The call was made Sept. 27.

Springville police released the recording as part of a news conference announcing the conclusions of an investigation.

The probe found Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their four children died from "drug toxicity" from either methadone, heroin or a combination of drugs.

Springville Police Chief J. Scott Finlayson says the parents told friends they were concerned about a pending apocalypse.

 

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