BRIGHAM CITY -- People who knew Michael Woodruff and his family never would have expected any kind of disturbance or violence to occur in the house. Neighbors knew the family as close. They went jogging in the morning together and seemingly got along, neighbor Jennifer Walker said.
Woodruff was a truck driver for Associated Foods and worked on renovating his house and backyard in his spare time. He didn't have any criminal past.
This makes the circumstances of Tuesday's tragedy all the more bizarre for neighbors, who are left wondering what could have gone wrong.
"I could imagine domestic violence from anyone but them," Walker said.
Woodruff and his step-daughter, Alix Norman, were found dead in their home at 549 N. 100 East. In an apparent murder-suicide, Brigham City police said, Woodruff shot Norman before turning the gun on himself. The family dog was also found shot dead.
Police, family and friends are left without a motive for Woodruff's actions. Family members say the two of them got along great, Brigham City Lt. Mike Nelsen said.
Neighbor Rhonda Long described Norman as a quiet and polite girl who would hang out with friends and play with her dog.
Box Elder Middle School Assistant Principal Jeanne Anderson said Norman was highly involved in the arts program and well-liked by her teachers.
Walker said she could hear the dog bark with excitement every time Norman came home from school. So it was very strange to her that she did not hear the dog barking when Norman arrived home on Tuesday.
Walker later heard what she thought was a nail gun, because Woodruff had been working on the house.
It wasn't until Woodruff's wife came home to discover the scene that police were called.
Nelsen said Woodruff's wife didn't know he owned a gun, leaving police to wonder if it belonged to him or someone else.
Neighbors are baffled by the incident as Woodruff never came across as the type to own a gun, Long said.
The Woodruffs had been married for 10 years and police said there is no history of domestic violence.
Police are investigating the case, hoping to gain more insight from the autopsies and by tracing the gun to its origin.
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