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UPDATED: Answers sought in deaths of Spanaway family

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 6, 2011 at 11:46 am |
April 6, 2011 1:10 pm

Investigators are waiting for the results of autopsies and forensic tests to hopefully know more about the deaths of three members of a Spanaway family.

Autopsies are scheduled for today on David Stewart, his wife Kristy Sampels and their 5-year-old son Jordan Gregory Stewart.

Investigators suspect the 38-year-old father shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself after a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 5 ended in Tumwater on Tuesday morning. Deputies later found Jordan dead in the couple’s Spanaway house. Jordan’s head had been wrapped in a plastic bag and he was wrapped in a blanket in a bedroom.

It’s not known when Jordan or Sampels was killed. Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the Spanaway home was in disarray but there was no evidence Sampels was killed there.

“There was some sort of altercation there,” Troyer said.

Investigators also are continuing to look for a motive in the slayings.

Jordan had been enrolled briefly in kindergarten at Camas Prairie Elementary School but he never attended class. He was enrolled in late September and, less than a week later, was withdrawn from the district, spokeswoman Krista Carlson said.

“Our records show he wasn’t in school,” she said.

Sampels’ 10-year-old daughter is not a student in the Bethel School District, Carlson said.

Stewart was an active duty soldier assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

A friend of Sampels’ family said her family does not want to talk to the media. She declined to talk as well.

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