Businessman, 45, and his 'terminally-ill' wife, 42, 'plotted murder-suicide' before the couple, their two kids and a dog were found shot dead in their Utah home
- Investigators found messages between Timothy and Jessica Griffith about 'when this tragic incident would take place' sent before the murder-suicide in Utah
- The family of four was found dead in November, months after they moved to US
- Timothy Griffith shot his wife, five-year-old son and 16-year-old stepdaughter
- He then killed the family dog before shooting himself with a shotgun, police say
- Jessica Griffith, 42, may have had terminal ovarian cancer and had little time left
- Timothy Griffith, 45, may have struggled with an undiagnosed mental illness
A couple who recently moved to Utah from Switzerland may have planned a murder-suicide together that left them and two children dead, according to newly unsealed search warrants.
Investigators found messages between Timothy and Jessica Griffith about 'when this tragic incident would take place', police said in court documents unsealed on Wednesday.
Jessica Griffith, 42, may have had terminal ovarian cancer and had little time left to live, the messages and online searches detailed in court documents.
Family members told investigators she had suffered from depression, and her husband Timothy Griffith, 45, was violent and may also have struggled with an undiagnosed mental illness, the search warrants state.
Investigators found messages between Timothy and Jessica Griffith about 'when this tragic incident would take place', police said in court documents unsealed on Wednesday. The couple and their four children were found dead in a murder-suicide in November in Mapleton, Utah
Jessica's daughter and Timothy's stepdaughter Samantha Badel (left), 16, was also shot dead, along with the couple's five-year-old son, Alexandre Griffith (right)
The family of four was found dead in November, just months after Timothy Griffith's job with Nestle took them from Switzerland to Mapleton, Utah, about 55 miles (88 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.
Police also found the bodies of their five-year-old son Alexendre Griffith and Jessica Griffith's 16-year-old daughter, Samantha Badel.
A neighbor said Timothy had met Jessica Griffith (pictured) in Europe while working for Nestle
Timothy Griffith shot all three with one gun before killing himself with a different weapon, a shotgun, according to police. He also killed the family dog, police said.
Police declined to answer additional questions about the documents.
Timothy Griffith's stepmother Linda Sue Prater said on Wednesday that she never knew him to be violent or suffer from mental illness, though he hadn't been in close contact with family members after moving back to the United States in July, she said.
Family members are still grappling with what happened and searching for answers, said Prater, who lives in Hanceville, Alabama.
He had always been a steady, calm man who loved children and animals, she said.
'He just never seemed like the type that would do something like that,' Prater said. 'A thing like this eats at you every day because you don't know what happened.'
Timothy Griffith had done some unusual things recently, like registering his cell phone under a made-up business name and saying he didn't want anyone to know where he was, she said.
Timothy Griffith shot all three with one gun before killing himself with a different weapon, a shotgun, according to police. He also killed the family dog, police said
Timothy Griffith had done some unusual things recently, like registering his cell phone under a made-up business name and saying he didn't want anyone to know where he was. The couple's family home is pictured above
The man moved to Switzerland after falling in love with a Swiss exchange student who stayed with the family during his high school years in Granite City, Illinois, Prater said.
The couple divorced after having three children together and he married Jessica Griffith, who was also from Switzerland, about six years ago, she said.
Timothy Griffith bought the guns he used in the murder-suicide in September, just months after the family moved to Utah.
The family was discovered after Timothy Griffith failed to show up for work at the Nestle facility in Springville and neighbors noticed their cars hadn't moved in days and the lights in the house had been off.
A neighbor told The Salt Lake Tribune that Timothy Griffith had met Jessica while working in Europe as an employee of Nestle.
The couple had moved into their home in Mapleton, Utah, in July after moving to the United States from Switzerland
Another neighbor, Doug Allen, told Fox 13 Now that when Timothy got an opportunity to transfer to Utah, he accepted and the family relocated to the US.
'Never heard them fight, never heard a thing over there,' he said. 'Quite a shock to me. When I got up this morning, I seen all the (police) lights on over there, 15 to 20 cars.
'I thought, "This don't look good".… Sad deal. Those little kids sure didn't deserve that.'
In response to DailyMail.com's email seeking comment, a spokesperson for Nestle confirmed that Mr Griffith worked as a maintenance mechanic.
According to a post from April 2015 on Jessica and Timothy's joint Facebook account, the man had served as a pilot in the US Navy in his younger days.
The long-dormant social media page is filled with photos of the many pets the Griffiths had while living in Neuchatel, Switzerland, including two dogs, a cat, a lizard and a scorpion.
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