Family pledges to support kids found after AMBER Alert, parents' deaths

DPD: We're investigating deaths as murder-suicide

DENVER - Family members are pledging to support two children found unharmed after their mother was found dead, and police say their father, identified by the Douglas County Coroner as Dominic Moses Moore, 32, apparently took his own life.

"My niece and nephew are doing great and we're going to continue to give them the support they need to make it through this," said Moore's sister.

The sister, who declined to give her name, told 7NEWS that the children spent the night with her.

"They were just dropped off, asked me if I could watch them," she said.

The tragic case began when police received a request for a welfare check at 10:30 Tuesday night.

They found a woman's body inside a home at 46th Avenue and Malta Street in Green Valley Ranch.

Initially, Denver police said they were investigating a suspicious death and they issued an alert for white Chrysler Cirrus with the license plate number 774-WYR.

An AMBER alert was also issued around 4:30 a.m. because police learned there were three children linked to that house. The original alert indicated four children were missing, but that was later revised to three.

Around 5:40 a.m., thanks to a tip, Douglas County deputies and Colorado State Patrol spotted the Cirrus.

The suspect did not pull over for the state patrol. Troopers and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office followed the vehicle north at a low speed on Highway 83. Investigators deployed stop sticks twice but the suspect avoided them, investigators said.

Just past North Russellville Road, the suspect drove west into a farm field until the sedan became stuck in a ditch. 

Officers said they heard a single gunshot as they approached the car. Inside officers found a man dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

When asked if she knew what precipitated the incident, the man's sister said, "I'm still trying to find out. The family is still trying to find out. I’m just... so discombobulated. I really can't think, can't function."

When asked what she wanted people to know about her brother, the woman replied, "I want people to know that my brother loved (his wife) unconditionally.  I don’t know what happened. I’m not going to assume. I’m not going to pretend... but I know they loved each other unconditionally. I know he loved her as well as she loved him."

Police aren't saying whether the children were home when the woman was apparently killed.

A 5-year-old and an 18-month-old were found safe in the aunt's apartment building around 6:30 Wednesday morning.  They were escorted out of the building by officers as AIRTRACKER7 flew overhead.

A third child, a 15-year-old extended family member was found out-of-state, where police said he had been visiting relatives for a few weeks.

When asked what will happen with the two small children, the woman answered, "I have no idea right now, but family will get them. We will fight for them."

The mother's death is being investigated as a homicide, Denver police said. The father's apparent suicide is being investigated by Douglas County.