Peak Family Deaths Confirmed as Murder-Suicide by Medical Examiner

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed the results of autopsies performed on the bodies of Mayson, Kaiden, and Darrell Peak.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner ruled the two boys died from gunshot wounds and that Darrell Peak died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, confirming Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox’s statement Tuesday the incident appeared to be a murder-suicide.

Investigators are still trying to determine what happened to the trio between the time they were last seen walking along Highway 65 near Warsaw and when the bodies were found on Monday afternoon. Sheriff Knox said that utility workers had been in the shack where the bodies were found on Saturday and that Peak & the children were not in the building at that time.

The bodies were likely in the building sometime before Monday morning, as utility workers noticed upon arriving at work that the shack appeared to have been tampered with over the weekend. However, they did not actually check the building until later that afternoon, according to police investigators.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to questions regarding the lack of AMBER Alert for his case by saying family member’s insistence to a media outlet that they felt Darrell Peak would not harm his children disqualified the case from an Alert. One of the criteria is that the child or children are likely to be in imminent danger.

Anyone who might have information about what the three may have done between Thursday and Monday is asked to please call the Missouri State Highway Patrol or the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

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