McMINNVILLE, Ore.--A father apparently shot his four children and wife to death in their bedrooms, then used the rifle to kill himself, authorities said Friday.
The shootings are believed to have occurred nearly three weeks before sheriff's deputies found the bodies Thursday night, said Yamhill County prosecutor Bradley C. Berry.
The motive was unknown, but evidence indicated Robert Bryant, 37, killed his family, Berry said.
The children, ages 9 to 15, were last at school Feb. 22, and investigators believe the shootings occurred the following day.
School authorities made several attempts to contact the family after teachers noticed the children's absence, said Karen Richey, assistant superintendent for the McMinnville School District.