Murder-Suicide Investigation Involves Mother and 5-Year-Old Daughter

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BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY, PA (WBRE / WYOU) — The Pennsylvania State Police say a mother killed her young daughter and then took her own life.

The state police say this was a murder-suicide and while their investigation is ongoing Friday night, they are not looking for anyone else in connection with these deaths.

State police converged on a wooded area along Laurel Run Road in Bear Creek Township at around 7 a.m. Friday morning. Someone called 9-1-1 saying they had found the bodies of a woman and child inside a red car.

They were later identified as 31-year-old Christina Tyler and her five-year-old daughter Olivia Tyler from Wilkes-Barre. State troopers are not releasing much information about how it happened but sources close to the case tell Eyewitness News that this all began early Friday morning when a relative of the mother and daughter found a note saying that they were going to their favorite place, which is the Tubs Recreation Area located several miles away.

Law enforcement was called and a search began for the mother and daughter. It ended in a field near power lines in Bear Creek Township. A state police forensics team processed the scene for several hours.

31-year-old Christina Tyler and 5-year-old Olivia Tyler

Brian Dobbs hunts in this area. He was walking to his brother’s home nearby when he was stopped by state troopers.

“They were asking me if I was hunting over here. I said no I hunt on the other side. I didn’t know what was going on then, later on, I found out what happened you know. It’s sad you know,” Dobbs said.

Olivia Tyler was a kindergarten student at the Bear Creek Community Charter School. Parents of children at that school say they are devastated by what happened. State troopers say this was an isolated incident.

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