Bodies found in burned SUV may be missing Tempe family

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police are investigating the apparent murder-suicide of a Tempe family whose burned-out vehicle was found Saturday in Pinal County.

Police were called to a home in the 9300 block of South Kenneth Place Monday afternoon. An acquaintance reported that the Butwin family members who lived there were missing.

Investigators discovered "suspicious and concerning" evidence inside the home and the family vehicle was missing, according to Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Glover.

Based on the evidence, detectives pursued this incident as a murder-suicide investigation.
 
The Tempe Police Department advised the Pinal County Sheriff's Office that they had responded to a home and the husband, wife and three children, along with their vehicle, were missing.

Late Tuesday morning, the sheriff's office notified Tempe police that a vehicle found Saturday in the Vekol Valley area with the remains of five victims inside was registered to the Butwin family's home.

The burned SUV was located in the desert area off Interstate 8. Pinal County officials said four of the human remains were in the rear storage compartment of the vehicle and one was in the second-row passenger seat.

At this time, the bodies have not been positively identified.

The investigation is ongoing, but police do not believe there are any outstanding suspects involved in this case.