MIDDLETOWN, Md., April 18 (UPI) -- Notes left by a Maryland man who allegedly killed his family and himself talked of money troubles and "psychological issues," police said Saturday.
The bodies of Christopher Alan Wood, 34, his wife, Frances Bilotti Wood, 33, and their two sons and daughter were found by Mrs. Wood's father in their Middletown home, CNN reported. Cpl. Jennifer Bailey, a Frederick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said the father called around 9 a.m. Saturday after going to the house because he had not heard from the family.
Frederick County Sheriff Charles Jenkins said the killings were the first homicides he could remember in Middletown, a small town in a rural area 50 miles northwest of Washington. He said Wood may have slashed some of the victims and shot others.
Investigators found five handwritten notes by Wood. Jenkins said they did not explicitly say why he decided to kill his family.
"There is some indication in at least one of the notes that there might have been some psychological issues with Mr. Wood," Jenkins said.
Wood's body, dead from a shotgun blast, was found at the foot of the bed where his wife and their 2-year-old daughter lay, Jenkins said. The other slain children were boys ages 4 and 5.
The Wood family had only recently moved to Middletown from Florida but Frances Wood's family are longtime residents of the area, Jenkins said. Her brother recently retired as a sheriff's deputy.