A MAN killed two researchers before killing a mother of five in a suspected murder-suicide, cops said.
Camila Behrensen, 24, and Pablo Guzman-Palma, 25, were found dead at their home in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 1.
Jackson County prosecutors identified 42-year-old Kevin Moore as the prime suspect, alleging he intentionally set fire to their home.
Cops made the connection after combing through cellphone and computer data, as well as surveillance video.
On October 16, Moore and mother-of-five Misty Brockman, 40, were found dead in a parked car with gunshot wounds.
Friends said Brockman was the parent of five boys, according to a GoFundMe page.
Police officers rushed to the scene and first responders were stopped by motorists who pointed to a vehicle in the woods.
Officials said the victims suffered “apparent trauma.”
The investigators did not provide any information on the motive, as the investigation is still ongoing.
It happened just days after Behrensen and Guzman-Palma were found dead.
Behrensen from Argentina and Guzman-Palma from Chile were scientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.
Kansas City Fire Department officials revealed in a report that the motive for the fire was to cover up a crime.
Former Johnson County prosecutor Paul Morrison told KSHB, “What it tells me is that these people were murdered and that whoever did it started that fire to try to cover it up. “
Morrison revealed that it’s not “unusual” to start a fire to cover up a crime.
He added, “It doesn’t usually work because it’s done quite a lot in murder scenes and investigators are usually pretty good at determining the cause of death.”
Police revealed an Amazon Alexa device was found in the apartment.
Investigators thought it may have recorded conversations between Moore and the researchers before they were killed, KSHB reported.
Tributes were paid to the two scientists after their deaths.
Behrensen’s colleagues said she was “looking forward to living alone in another country.”
Palma, a spinal cord regeneration researcher, has been described as a “gentle soul.”
The pair have been branded as “brilliant, promising scientists” by researchers at the Stowers Institute.
The organization said: “The Stowers Institute community is devastated by the loss of two exceptional PhD researchers.”
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