Police closed off the street which led to the burnt home.
A father and his two sons are presumed dead from an apparent murder-suicide following three bodies were discovered inside the smoldering remains of the burnt Florida holiday home on Tuesday.
According to independent regional news channel WJXT, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to perform a health check on Paul Otto Reinhart, 46, and his sons Rex Reinhart, 14, and Brody Reinhart, 11, at around 6 a.m. Tuesday. A relative called in the petition after Paul published a set of”mysterious” Facebook updates overnight as well as sending”about” text messages to family members, police said.
Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies initially turned up empty-handed, however they then learned Reinhart had another dwelling in neighboring Dixie County. They came to get the next Reinhart home in flames.
The father’s empty van has been ominously outside the burning dwelling.
Gainesvillle, Florida-based people broadcaster WUFT notes that what’s left of the residence has become scattered along the banks of the Suwannee River in western Florida.
Three bodies were recovered. Dixie County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Shannon Valentine later confirmed the deaths.
“Upon extinguishing the flame Dixie County deputies discovered three deceased individuals in the home,” a statement said. “Deputies presume these are the bodies of Paul Reinhart and his 2 children.”
As stated by the Gainesville Sun, the exact cause of death is for currently unknown, and the medical examiner is currently working with all the concerned sheriff’s offices and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement — the latter of which has taken over the case’s forensics — in order to ascertain the details surrounding the apparent murder-suicide.
Many reports have noted that the elder Reinhart was posting photos of his marriage and family and 5 a.m. on Tuesday.
Would have been — except for this Paul and Mindee were in the beginning stages of divorce proceeding, according to friends of the household interviewed by writer Thomas Weber.
Paul had recently lost his role as president at Reinhart Medical LLC, a medical device company where Mindee served as vice presidentaccording to corporate filings.
“It is most likely among the most tragic events that any community could ever experience,” Dixie County Sheriff Darby Butler told reporters. “My heart and my prayers go out to the loved ones and we ask everyone that is involved and is hearing to plead not only that household, but for its communities. It is a long process of recovery and we just appreciate all the prayers and support that you can supply this household.”
Rex and Brody were eager baseball players. The younger boy regularly served as the batboy during Florida Gators school home games,and the household was allegedly buddies with the program’s coach, Kevin”Sully” O’Sullivan.
“Near and these boys were loved across associations,” a Facebook post in the boys’ baseball program stated in memoriam. “Brody had the heart of a lion, and Rex’s determination are the top on the field was reversed. We feel utterly lost and broken. At this time we ask that you pray for Rex’s and Brody’s mum, Minde, and the many players who played and loved together.”
In accordance with local ABC affiliate WCJB, each of these boys’ schools are offering counselling as necessary for both pupils and staff.
“The ripple effect of how many folks are going to be influenced by this is simply unthinkable,” neighbor Julie Nance told the outlet.
[image via screengrab/WCJB]
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