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Police: Sweet Home victims were shot, stabbed before fire

One of the victims was a 2-year-old girl.

Posted: Apr 30, 2020 5:22 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2020 8:43 PM

SWEET HOME, Ore. – All four victims found in a burned-out mobile home were either shot or stabbed to death before the trailer was intentionally set on fire, Sweet Home police revealed this afternoon.

A gun, a sharp, blunt force instrument and a torch lighter were found near the bodies, investigators said.

Firefighters and officers responded to 1530 Tamarack Street on Tuesday just before 7 a.m. The home was engulfed with fire.

After the fire was put out, rescue personnel found the bodies of 63-year-old John Shobert, 41-year-old Tiffany Shobert, 15-year-old Johnathon Shobert, and 2-year-old Charlotte Shobert. All lived at the home.

Police said there was trauma to the bodies not consistent with trauma cased by fire. An initial examination included evidence of gunshot wounds as well as sharp, blunt force trauma.

Many different agencies responded to help with the investigations.

Autopsies were conducted by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday, and causes of death have been determined. That information is being withheld until family members can be contacted and additional investigation can be conducted.

Anyone with information should contact detectives at 541-367-5181.

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