Police say it 'appears' Erie man stabbed wife, son to death before committing suicide

ERIE, Colo. – Police are treating the case involving three people found dead in an Erie home Saturday as a murder-suicide, they said Tuesday.

Erie Police Chief Kimberly Stewart said Tuesday that “it appears” that John Paul “JP” Farrar, 48, stabbed his wife, 40-year-old Elizabeth, and 4-year-old son, Ian, to death before committing suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

She said the case was being treated as a domestic violence-related murder-suicide, though the Boulder County Coroner’s Office will make the final determination on the family’s manners and causes of death.

The three were found dead late Saturday morning inside their home on Gordon Court, near Brennan Street in Erie.

Police said they had received a tip that there was a “possibly deceased” person inside the home before they went to investigate. They had said they were not looking for any outstanding suspects at the time.

Stewart said Tuesday she didn’t anticipate she’d release any more information on the case before the coroner’s report is finalized.

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