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National Park Service: Dehaven shot kids, self, before setting RV fire

A Woodbury man apparently shot his children, set fire to the recreational vehicle they were in, then turned the gun on himself last week, according to the National Park Service.

A statement released Thursday by a Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman shed more light on the grim case that thus far had produced few details and left community members around Woodbury troubled.

The news release followed more than a week of mystery after Anthony Dehaven and his two children, Jace and Jersey Dehaven - all of Woodbury - were found dead Oct. 3 near Grand Canyon National Park's south entrance. Their bodies were recovered from the RV, which had become fully engulfed in flames.

Last week the park service announced the deaths were the likely result of a murder-suicide, but offered no other details.

"Based on the evidence known to date, investigators believe Dehaven shot his two children before igniting a fire in the RV and then turning the gun on himself," Thursday's statement reads. "It is important to note that investigators are continuing to examine all potential leads and that additional investigation is ongoing."

The investigation is being conducted by the National Park Service with support from the Flagstaff, Ariz., Fire Department; Coconino County, Ariz., Medical Examiner's Office; the FBI Evidence Response Team; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The statement said no other news releases related to the incident were expected to be released.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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