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Authorities: Suspect in N.C. family killing is dead in Utah

Posted March 18, 2009

— Authorities say a man who was a suspect in a quadruple homicide in North Carolina has killed himself after a police chase in Utah.

Deputy Sheriff Coy Reid of the Catawba County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday the suspect killed himself after the chase in Washington County, Utah. The man's girlfriend also was killed.

Neither Catawba nor Washington authorities released their identities.

The suspect was wanted in last week's killings of Lisa Saephan and her three children – 20-year-old Melanie, 18-year-old Pauline and 4-year-old Cody – at their home outside of Conover.

Washington County authorities said a deputy spotted the car going south on Interstate 15 at about 11:20 Tuesday night. He followed it for about nine miles until backup cars joined him, and they tried to stop the car near Harrisburg Junction, about 17 miles north of the Arizona state line, the sheriff's office said.

The car hit another vehicle and ran off the road before stopping on an embankment. It burst into flames as deputies were approaching it, they said. The man and woman inside were already dead when deputies pulled them from the wrecked car, they said.


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  • MisunderstoodMind Mar 18, 2009

    Evidently, Opium was being shipped in from Thailand. The husband would convert the Opium to heroin and the suspect took it to Wisconsin.


  • Groovy Mar 18, 2009

    Something is very fishy about this whole story. The mother and 3 children killed in NC makes no sense. There wasn't even a robbery involved in that from what I understand. I just don't think this guy would've killed all of those people that early in the morning for no reason at all. There is something missing.

  • Ladybug1 Mar 18, 2009

    The explosion is an example of the eternity he faces. Fire and Brimstone living with Lucifer.

  • wcumom Mar 18, 2009

    This is WHAT drugs bring to the table!

  • TeresaBee Mar 18, 2009

    Yes Rev. You are confusing this case with another. Does anyone I know that the reports haven't reported the connection of the murderer and the woman and children killed but has anyone heard through the grape vine what the connection is?

  • Adelinthe Mar 18, 2009

    Confusing this with another case maybe???


    Praying for the loved ones of the deceased.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Mar 18, 2009


    I thought he had killed two young mothers (sisters) one of whom was his girlfriend and their children.

    Praying for those who truly loved them, cause he sure didn't.

    God bless.


  • ShareTheRoad Mar 18, 2009

    This was reported by the AP with the title "Suspect in Murders of Girlfriend, 3 Children in North Carolina Commits Suicide"

    Now, I know he murdered his girlfriend in UTAH, but in NC, he killed a total of 4 people- a mother and her 3 kids.

    Whats up with the AP title? It would lead someone to think the mother of those kids was his girlfriend, which is not the case.

  • CestLaVie Mar 18, 2009

    I feel sorry for ALL those he killed - especially a girlfriend who probably trusted him, or as another posted, was VERY naive. Didn't get her much either, did it? What a waste of more lives.

  • tgcmisc Mar 18, 2009

    What a horrendous crime that he committed...one has to wonder about his girlfriend...maybe she was too naive...

    The family will never know WHY he killed their loved ones...perhaps this is better.

    At least he has been properly punished...and saved the taxpayers the expense of the trial...as well as the family's emotions for having to sit through it.

    Perhaps there was divine intervention here.

    God rest ALL, including the murderer's, soul.....and give the family closure and peace.