Officials: 3 Whitley County murder victims died from apparent stranglings

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Three people were found dead in Whitley County Wednesday afternoon.

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It happened off of Deep Creek Road in the Maple Creek Community. Officials from Whitley County Sheriff's Department said all three deaths are being ruled as homicides.

"The owner of the residence, Kathy Faulkner, located her daughter inside and thought it was a suicide at first", said Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell. "And later she found two others outside the residence."

Sheriff Harrell said early evidence leads him to believe the crime is a murder.

"Three individuals potentially strangled, I have never seen this before. How cruel can people get?," says Harell. "Why they choose to strangle them, I really don't know. Why not shoot them or stab them, I don't know the answer to that. But as far as being personal, that question, they knew who they were killing."

Kathy Faulkner said she returned home Wednesday afternoon to find three of her family members dead.

"I came home and went in the house and the house was destroyed", said Faulkner. "And then I went back into the house and that's where I found her on the floor."

Faulkner said her daughter Emogene Bittner, her son-in-law Christopher Bittner, and her grandson Robert Kennedy III were the ones who were the victims.

"I hope they find out who did this", said Faulkner. "My grandson had his whole life ahead of him. He never did nothing to no one. He was a good kid. He was a good kid."

Sheriff Harrell said there are people of interest in the investigation. No arrests have yet been made in the case.

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