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Investigation Continues Into Fire, Possible Murder-Suicide

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police now say the RV fire that killed a Woodbury man and his two children at the Grand Canyon may have been murder-suicide.

The burning RV was parked near an entrance to the National Park. Investigators are now saying that Anthony DeHaven may have killed his two children, 11-year-old Jace and his younger sister, Jersey, before killing himself.

In the meantime, neighbors say the children’s mother hasn’t been seen in awhile. But someone from that family may have known something was wrong, according to authorities.

Woodbury police said they received a call recently from a family member. They wouldn’t say from who and they wouldn’t say exactly when.

Neighbors say they didn’t know of any problems at the home or within the family. But one woman said it’s been weeks since she’s seen the mother, who she says was often outside playing with her kids.

“I often see Jersey playing, she would be cycling,” said Nithya Vaidyanathan, a neighbor. “They would just go out with their parents. Their car would be parked just right outside our house. I’ve seen them here and there.”

Woodbury police say there hasn’t been a missing person’s report filed for the mother, Angela Velasquez, and there’s no reason to believe she’s missing.

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