Four family members were brutally murdered in what police are calling the most disturbing crime scene some of the officers have ever come across, according to CBS 3 Springfield Ma. The victims lived in Winchester Massachusetts in a upscale bedroom community of Boston. The home is located at 2 Windsong Lane, a quiet residential street.
The husband, Thomas Mortimer IV, is missing. The murder victims are 64-year-old Ellen Ragner Stone and her 41-year-old daughter, Laura Stone Mortimer, who was also Mortimer’s wife. The couple’s two small children, 2-year-old Charlotte Mortimer and 4-year-old Thomas “Finn” Mortimer V were also victims of this horrific crime which police do not believe was random.
Family members who could not get a hold of the Mortimer family went to the house and found it locked up. They called the fire department for help in accessing the home. Fire fighters were able to gain entrance to the home and first saw signs of blood on the floor and a light switch. A fireman asked the family members to wait near the door as he checked the house. Almost immediately, the fireman came back and quickly ushered the waiting family members outside, according to Boston.com.
Thomas Mortimer is unable to be located and the officials investigating this crime are in Avon Connecticut speaking with Mortimer’s mother at this time. His mother said the couple were having trouble, but this is all the information they have published so far.
Mortimer, who is a software salesman, had been out of work for a year before starting a new position two weeks ago. Authorities talked to his boss who claimed Mortimer was a hard worker, personable, and liked by everyone. He said he had done a great job in his first few weeks. Mortimer called in sick on Tuesday and had not shown up for work today either.
Shelly Smith, a neighbor of the Mortimer’s said they appeared to be a happy normal family. Mortimer was often seen out in the yard with his kids. Ellen Stone, Mortimer’s mother-in-law was seen daily walking her little dog. The home belongs to Ellen Stone and her daughter Laura and her husband, Mortimer had moved into the home with her while saving to purchase a home of their own. They were waiting for the prices to go down and stable out a bit.
At one point during the investigation at the Mortimer home, a friend of the family pulled up in a car and got out and spoke to police. She was visibly shaking and heart sick to hear even the children were not spared. Everyone investigators have spoken to so far describe the family and the missing Mortimer, as regular, normal, kind, friendly along with many more adjectives painting them in a good light. Shock and horror has set into the neighborhood.
The police have not named Thomas Mortimer as a suspect as of yet, they are calling him a person of interest to speak to about the crime. One of the first people they thought he would contact was his mother in Avon Connecticut, but he has not.
Too often cases like these horrific family murders end with the missing spouse committing suicide or fleeing the country. There is also cases where a hostage is taken after the murders are committed. There are too many different theories possible to venture a guess where the father, husband, and son-in-law of these family members is.
We know Mortimer is not out of the area on business because his boss had said he called in sick on Tuesday and did not show up again for work today.
References: CBS 3 Springfield Massachusetts(Live), Boston.com