A wrong-way driver who died in an Indiana highway collision that also killed another man may have committed suicide after murdering his wife and two young children, say police who are investigating the circumstances of the family's death.
The mystery began Thursday morning after police went to the home of Michael Vanderlinden, in a suburb of Detroit, to notify his wife that he had died in a car crash hours earlier. Vanderlinden, 39, was killed when his car, which was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 94, smashed into a vehicle driven by Juan Nelson Jr. of Portage, Ind.
Portage, 45, was killed in the crash, which occurred near the Michigan state line.
When police rang the doorbell at the Vanderlinden home -- a brick house with a swing set, a well-kept garden, and children's artwork displayed in a window -- no one answered. Finding the front door unlocked, they went inside and discovered the bodies of a woman and two boys.
The Associated Press said police did not immediately identify the dead, but it quoted neighbors as saying the boys were Vanderdinden's sons, Julien, age 7, and Matthew, age 4. His wife was Linda Vanderlinden, 34. The police captain in Van Buren Township, Gregory Laurain, said investigators hoped to find clues in the wreckage of Michael Vanderlinden's car to explain what had happened.