SPANISH FORK, Utah — A shocking discovery was made late Thursday at a home where police believe an officer shot and killed his wife, two young children and his mother-in-law, before killing himself.
The bodies of officer Joshua Boren, 34, Kelly Boren, 32, Joshua “Jaden” Boren, 7, Haley Boren, 5, and Marie King, 55, were found inside a house at 37 N. 630 West where they all lived.
Josh Boren was a Lindon police officer and had previously worked at the Utah County Sheriff's Office.
"Everybody we've spoken to, including Lindon Police Department, this is a shock to them," Spanish Fork Police Chief Steven Adams said Friday.
"This is a tragedy in anybody's life, whether you're in law enforcement as Joshua is, or not. Many of my officers that went on the scene are having a hard time with it. The things that go through their minds, asking the question that can't be answered, which is 'Why?'" Adams said.
Boren and his wife had been having marital problems, the chief said.
"We have contacted several individuals that have provided information to us, that have indicated there has been a little bit of contention between the two, the mother and the father, between Josh and Kelly. And we believe that's what caused the events to happen," he said.
As to what evidence had been collected that led detectives to believe Josh Boren killed his family before shooting himself, Adams said: "It's information we're not going to be sharing at this time."
"There are specific things we believe have happened in the home, those specific things I'm not going to get into today" he said.
Police noted, however, that no suicide note was found. Boren was supposed to report for work at the Lindon Police Department at 10 p.m. Thursday. When he hadn't arrived by 11 p.m., officers were sent to his house to do a welfare check.
"They were just concerned he hadn't arrived for work," Adams said. "If an officer is supposed to be on duty at 10 o'clock, he should be there at 10 o'clock. It might not be that in other businesses or employment. But if an officer doesn't arrive on duty at the time he's assigned, there's something amiss."
When officers arrived at the home, they looked through the windows. The lights were on and the front door was unlocked.
Through the window, the officers could see blood on the carpet, shell casings, a handgun and even a slug, Adams said. After officers entered the home, they discovered "a large quantity of blood on the stairway leading to the second floor of the residence."
The mother-in-law was found deceased in one upstairs bedroom, and the four others in another.
The last known phone contact with the Boren family was about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Adams said that phone call was not of a distressed nature. Police have never been called to the Boren house for a domestic call or complaint of any kind, he said. The family was believed to have lived there for four or five years.
Police said neighbors did not report hearing any gunshots overnight.
Adams said investigators would likely be going through the house for another day or two collecting evidence. However, the biggest question may never be answered.
"We hope to gain an understanding at some time of all the things that were going through Josh's mind, but I'm certain we'll not be able to do that," he said.