Cups of ‘red liquid,’ drugs found near bodies of five family members who mysteriously died last month in Utah

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The Strack family (courtesy of Fox 13)

The Strack family (courtesy of Fox 13)

Details are coming to light in the death of five members of a Utah family who were found dead in their home last month.

Fox 13 in Salt Lake City reports police found cups of “red liquid” next to the bodies as well as medication.

“Investigators at the scene determined the cause of death to be an accidental or intentional poisoning either by ingestion or environmental causes,” police wrote in court documents.

The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and their children Benson, 14; Emery, 12; and Zion, 11; were found inside the master bedroom the last weekend of September.

“Kristi and Benjamin were lying in the bed and the three children were lying around the bed, covered in bedding up to their necks,” police wrote in an affidavit. “Officers reported there was a red liquid substance coming from the mouth of Kristi Strack. All the occupants of the home were non-responsive. Next to each of the victims was a cup/drink with a liquid inside.”

Police wrote in a search warrant affidavit that they recovered boxes of cold and flu medication.

“Also in the same closed bag, were two empty boxes of allergy relief medication consistent with generic Benadryl. Approximately five empty blister packs were located for this medication. Among the items located were cups with a red liquid substance in Pepsi cups. Also located withing the residence were empty bottles of liquid Methadone. The Methadone was dispensed to from a drug treatment clinic. Some of the empty bottles had future dates on them,” the search warrant affidavit said.

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2 comments

  • Amy

    This is so sad, if it is what it seems. How awful, that peoples’ lives can become so convoluted, desperate, and hopeless. Someone at that methadone clinic has some ‘splainin’ to do…

  • Hazel

    It’s hard to determine the validity of this article with the amount of typos and grammatical errors. As a former local journalist, please take some advice and hire someone who can actually write and edit, or else the news you’re delivering will never be taken seriously.