Texas mom, 37, found dead with her two daughters in boyfriend's home, police suspect foul play
The deaths of a Texas mom and her two daughters found dead inside her boyfriend’s house has been ruled as a double murder-suicide, but police officers believe there’s more to the case.
Nichol Olsen, a 37-year-old hairstylist/businesswoman, was found dead with a bullet to her head on January 10. Her daughters, ten-year-old London and 16-year-old Alexa were also found with gunshot wounds to their upper bodies, all at the home of Charles Wheeler, Olsen’s boyfriend of about 18 months.
According to DailyMail.com, a gun was recovered from the scene, but no other information about their injuries or where the weapon was has been released.
Based on the scene of the tragedy, the Bexar County Medical Examiner ruled that Olsen committed suicide and that the girls were murdered.
On January 10, Nichol Olsen and her two young daughters, Alexa and London, were found shot to death inside their San Antonio, Texas home. During a news conference on Monday, the sheriff emphasized that the investigation remains ongoing. Via @News4SA https://t.co/S7G9IkFaxC pic.twitter.com/0zCEGk8HL7— Dateline NBC (@DatelineNBC) January 15, 2019
At the moment, the investigation into the deaths has been stalled, but Sheriff Javier Salazar of the Bexar County Sheriff's Department is awaiting additional information.
Salazar is waiting for cell phone data to either verify or discard Wheeler’s claim that he slept at a relative's home out of town the night before the tragic occurrence. It was Wheeler who called 911 after discovering the bodies that dark Thursday morning.
Salazar and his detectives believe there is more to the deaths and do not want to rule out the possibility that Olsen and her kids may have been killed by a murderer who is on “no one's radar.”
EXCLUSIVE to @ksatnews - I spoke with Alexa Montez's father who confirmed the 16 yo @ClarkCheer24 member was one of two girls found dead with her mother, Nichol Olsen, in a NW Bexar Co. home on Thursday https://t.co/9gdScjBmE5 pic.twitter.com/3ijuG3ZnC5— Garrett Brnger (@BrngerReports) January 14, 2019
BEYOND THE SURFACE
As the search for evidence continues, Salazar told DailyMail.com the case is far from over. Questioning the current suicide ruling, the sheriff added:
“The medical examiner believes it’s a suicide based on what they saw. They have a more limited evidence bank to pick from. I have forensics and the crime scene and witness interviews and phone records and everything. In some cases, when the ME rules suicide, there are other corroborating things. But in this instance, I don't have that. I don't have a suicide note, a depressed phone call, a witness, I don't have any of these things. Most cases are just so much more clear-cut than this one.”
“If I didn't think there was even a slight chance [that all three were murdered], we would have written this case off a long time ago,” Salazar assured.
The latest on the investigation into the shooting deaths of San Antonio hairstylist Nichol Olsen and her two daughters, 16 and 10 years old, from today’s print editions of the San Antonio Express-News. pic.twitter.com/bEBTHCluY5— Peggy O'Hare (@Peggy_OHare) January 18, 2019
WHERE THE BOYFRIEND STANDS
Wheeler, who police found out fought with Olsen the night before the bodies were found, has been named “a person of interest” in the case. He has been cooperating with the police so far and has not been arrested or named a suspect in the deaths.
Before her death, Olsen and her daughters lived with Wheeler in his $1 million San Antonio residence, the same house in which they were found dead.
AN UNLIKELY SUICIDE
Olsen’s friends and family members do not believe that she killed herself or her children. A friend who wished to remain anonymous told the outlet:
“Everyone close to Nichol knows that she put her children above all, loved them with all her heart, and there's no possible way Nichol would ever hurt her children. Nichol was a very caring woman, had so much love in her heart, and too much to live for to ever hurt anyone including herself.”
Another friend described her as “an amazing mother who guarded her children like a hawk.”
A family friend has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for a monkey enclosure at the Austin Zoo in memory of ten-year-old London who loved animals.
Autopsy rules mother's shooting death a suicide, but #Bexar County sheriff said his agency's investigation won't be swayed solely by that finding; a friend tells @ExpressNews that Nichol Olsen would never have killed herself or her children. The latest: https://t.co/xDgkxnusPS— Peggy O'Hare (@Peggy_OHare) January 15, 2019
Olsen was also a mother to Skylar, a 22-year-old son from a previous marriage.
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