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Suspect, victims named after eight people found dead inside Enoch home

Jan 4, 2023, 6:29 PM | Updated: Jan 13, 2023, 7:40 am
The Enoch City Police Department has named a suspect and the victims who were found dead inside a h...
Police tape surrounds the crime scene in Enoch, Iron County, where eight members of a family were found shot to death Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)
(Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)

ENOCH, Utah — The Enoch City Police Department has named a suspect and the victims who were found dead inside a home at 4923 North Albert Drive in Enoch, Utah on Wednesday.

The suspect is Michael Haight, 42. Police said their evidence suggests he took his own life after killing seven other people in the home. 

The two other adults in the home were Haight’s wife, Tausha Haight, 40, and Tausha’s mother, Gail Earl, 78.

Police said the minors were the Haight’s children, three females ages 17, 22, and 7, as well as two males, ages 7 and 4.

A press release indicates that an investigation continues, but that police do not believe there are any suspects who are outstanding.

Police were called to the area of 4900 N. Albert Drive for a welfare check.

Upon arriving at the residence, officers found three adults and five minors deceased. Police say each victim appears to have suffered a gunshot wound.

“This community is feeling remorse, feeling pain. there are friends and neighbors and family members who are hurting because of this incident,” said Enoch City Manager Rob Dotson.
 
Dotson says the incident is having an impact on the entire city.
 
“This community at this time is hurting,” he said. “They’re feeling loss they’re feeling pain, they have a lot of questions, which is natural. They’re here to support, the texts, the posts, the care (that’s been shown).”

The investigation is ongoing. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-TALK) or the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (1-801-583-2500).

If you or anyone you know is dealing with Domestic Violence and needs help, call 1-800-897-LINK or visit udvc.org

Grief counseling and support systems in Utah: ome.utah.org

 

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Suspect, victims named after eight people found dead inside Enoch home