Two suspects in the murder of an Illinois family of four were found shot to death in a car in Oklahoma days after the gruesome slayings, authorities said Wednesday.
A 31-year-old man, Nathaniel Huey Jr., of Streamwood, Illinois, and an unnamed woman were identified as persons of interest in the murders just hours after the bodies of two adults, two children and three were discovered dogs in a Romeoville. at home over the weekend.
Police said the woman, who had a relationship with Huey, was reported by her family Tuesday as a “missing and dangerous person” from Streamwood, leading to the release of a police advisory of Romeoville statewide.
Wednesday morning, a digital license plate reader alert indicated that a suspected vehicle linked to the two men had been detected in Catoosa, Oklahoma, police said. Authorities attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver “immediately attempted to elude officers, resulting in a single-car accident,” Romeoville Deputy Police Chief Chris Burne said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
The vehicle eventually caught fire and officers at the scene reported hearing noises, possibly two gunshots, before discovering Huey dead in the driver’s seat and the woman seriously injured in the passenger seat. Both had been shot.
“This is still an active and evolving investigation and this portion of the incident is still ongoing,” Burne said.
Burne did not elaborate on Huey’s relationship to the family, but said the evidence “showed us a connection between our suspect and the victims, as well as a possible motive.” He, however, declined to comment on the possible motive.
The update comes after days of questions surrounding the gruesome discovery in the Chicago suburbs.
The killings first unfolded when police were called to a home for a wellness check around 8:43 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Concord Avenue.
When officers arrived at the home, they found four deceased people, two adults and two children, suffering from gunshot wounds.
According to authorities, the shooting occurred between 9 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday.
Burne said one of the family members did not show up for work at 6 a.m. Sunday. Additionally, this person did not answer phone calls throughout the day, causing concern among family members.
According to an update released Tuesday by police, authorities determined that the shooting was “not a random act” and that there was no ongoing threat to the public.
Authorities spent hours gathering physical evidence at the scene, and police say they obtained surveillance footage from numerous sources that they say helped them in their investigation.
The two adult victims were identified by authorities as Alberto Rolon and Zoraida Bartolomei, according to Romeoville police.
The children, ages 7 and 9, have not yet been identified, but were both students at Robert C. Hill Elementary School, according to a release from Valley View Community Unit School District 365U.
Following the students’ deaths, the district launched its crisis plan, which will utilize a crisis intervention team of trained professionals, including counselors, social workers and psychologists, to help students in need Support.