Four Family Members Found Dead

WINCHESTER, Mass. (AP) - Four family members, including two
young children, were found dead Wednesday in what a prosecutor
called a "horrific" scene at their home in an affluent Boston
suburb. The husband of one of the victims was being sought for
questioning.

Authorities would not say how the victims died. Middlesex
District Attorney Gerard Leone identified them as 64-year-old Ellen
Stone, her 41-year-old daughter, Laura Stone Mortimer, and Laura's
two children, 4-year-old Thomas Mortimer V and 2-year-old Charlotte
Mortimer.

Leone said Laura Mortimer's husband, Thomas Mortimer IV, was
unaccounted for and authorities were looking for him for
questioning.

Police found the victims at 11:30 a.m. at their home in
Winchester, about eight miles north of Boston, after other family
members said they had not been able to reach them since Monday
night, the prosecutor said.

"Having been at the scene, I can tell you it was horrific,
disturbing and unspeakable, and the acts do not appear to be
random," Leone said at a terse news conference. He did not
elaborate and declined to take questions.

Laura Stone Mortimer was a senior economist with the commercial
real estate firm CB Richard Ellis.

Neighbors on the quiet street expressed shock as they watched
investigators come and go at the two-story yellow house roped off
with crime scene tape. A visibly distressed woman who said she was
friends with Ellen Stone drove up to the house and began to tremble
uncontrollably and cry when she heard that the children were not
spared. She quickly drove away, in tears, before identifying
herself.

"We are in shock because it wasn't a type of family you'd ever
think that that would happen to, said Shelley Smyth, who grew up in
the neighborhood and whose parents still live there.

Smyth described Ellen Stone as "very lovely, always walking her
dog, always very friendly."


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