Minnesota screenwriter, wife, child found dead in apparent murder-suicide
(NY Daily News) APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – The decomposing bodies of a Minnesota couple and their 5-year-old child not seen since Christmas were found in their Apple Valley home in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.
A neighbor discovered the bodies of David T. Crowley, 29, a screenwriter, director, Army veteran and Airsoft enthusiast, along with wife Komel Crowley, 28, and 5-year-old daughter, Rani, after checking in with the family Saturday, the Star Tribune reported.
He saw the corpses through the front door window with a gun nearby after noticing the lights on and packages piled up at the home’s entrance.
“To me, they just didn’t look human,” neighbor Collin Prochnow told the Star Tribune.
Police found a gaunt family dog inside the home but offered no details pending an investigation.
Crowley served a tour of duty in Iraq during his five-year stint in the Army and met Komel while stationed in Texas. The couple bought their Apple Valley home in 2013.
“It’s always great to have young, gorgeous people come to our house and look as happy as they are,” Charles Hubbell, who worked with Crowley on the film project “Gray State,” told Twin Cities.com. “They were gorgeous, and they had this happy and bubbly and talkative child.”
Komel Crowley ran her own dietitian business and her husband pushed hard to get his script for “Gray State” picked up, even talking about moving to Hollywood, according to a one-time collaborator.
“When it came to business stuff, he was the brains behind everything,” former video production company partner Mitch Heil told Twin Cities.com. “I was just there assisting him to reach his vision.”
But Prochnow noticed David Crowley began wearing fatigues and cut his hair short in the last year, according to the Star Tribune.
He also had a fascination with guns. Social media photos show Crowley’s passion for war gaming, including one that features a trunk with seven guns and even more ammo clips inside.
Police have not revealed any other details about incident and their investigation is ongoing.