A home in Van Buren Township, Mich., where police say they found a woman and her two young sons dead when they went there Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 to notify the family of a fiery, fatal crash in Indiana. Police identified one of the people killed in the crash as Michael VanDerLinden. Public records showed the 39-year-old VanDerLinden co-owned the Michigan home where the bodies were found with his wife, 34-year-old Linda VanDerLinden. (AP Photo/Corey Williams)
This photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows a fatal crash Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, near Michigan City, Ind., which killed the drivers of two cars. Police say they found the bodies of a woman and her two children at a suburban Detroit home while they were trying to notify family members that a man had died in the crash. Identities have not been released. (AP Photo/Indiana State Police)
DETROIT (AP) _ Police say a mother and two children found dead in a suburban Detroit home were stabbed with a butcher knife.
Van Buren Township police Capt. Gregory Laurain said Friday autopsies on the victims show 34-year-old Linda VanDerLinden died of strangulation but had been stabbed in the chest. According to Laurain, the medical examiner’s report also says 7-year-old Julien VanDerLinden and his 4-year-old brother, Matthew, were stabbed multiple times in the chest and arms.
Police say they found the weapon they believe was used in the stabbings, an 8-inch butcher knife, in the kitchen sink.
Authorities discovered the bodies Thursday when they went to notify family members that Michael VanDerLinden died in a crash on an Indiana freeway.
Laurain says Michael VanDerLinden is suspected of killing his wife and two children.