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Burned bodies were missing Ariz. family of 5

Coroner: Dental records show 5 bodies found burning in Ariz. desert are missing couple, 3 kids By The Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) ' Authorities have confirmed the identities of three burned bodies found inside an SUV in the desert south of Phoenix in a murder-suicide.

Tempe police said Friday that dental records showed they were 16-year-old Malissa Butwin, 14-year-old Daniel Butwin and 7-year-old Matthew Butwin.

Authorities say the records were needed because the bodies were burned beyond recognition.



The bodies of the childrens' parents ' James and Yafit (yuh-FEET') Butwin ' were identified Thursday.

Authorities say the woman and three children were killed by gunshot wounds, and the father died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent found the five bodies in the burning SUV in a desert area Saturday in Pinal County, some 35 miles south of Phoenix.

The family was from Tempe, a suburb east of Phoenix.


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