Dad killed himself, 2 young sons in double murder-suicide: Cops

OPP remains at the scene on Saturday where burned vehicle was found early Friday morning with three...

OPP remains at the scene on Saturday where burned vehicle was found early Friday morning with three bodies inside on Holick Road, north of the 4th Line of Oro-Medonte Township, just north of Barrie. OPP say the deaths are suspicious. ZACH MACPHERSON/BARRIE EXAMINER/QMI Agency Photo

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:41 AM ET

TORONTO -- Three charred bodies found in a burning vehicle near Barrie have been confirmed as those of a Mississauga, Ont., man and his two kids in what police suspect is a double murder-suicide.

OPP's Barrie detachment said Wednesday that Samuel Masih, 36, and his two sons -- ages 10 and 4 -- are the three people who died in an SUV-type vehicle that had been set on fire early Friday, hours after the trio were reported missing.

"What we believe is that the person responsible for the deaths perished in the fire," OPP Sgt. Peter Leon said, adding that the investigation has determined Masih was responsible for both the deaths of his kids as well as his own.

"From all indications, it would appear that way, yes."

Masih and his two sons were burned beyond recognition, and autopsies were conducted over Tuesday and Wednesday to determine their identities.

Leon said that "although a person of interest (Masih) perished in the fire, our investigation remains active."

Peel Regional Police -- who are investigating the case along with the OPP -- said Tuesday they were examining aspects of Masih's life that might shed some light on why he would take such drastic action, including reports he and his wife, Brintha Shanmugalingam, were headed for divorce.

"We're going to look at everything," Const. George Tudos said. "(Investigators will speak with) anybody that has any information."

Shanmugalingam called police around 1:30 a.m. Friday after her husband and their two sons failed to return to the family's Riel Dr. home following a Thursday night outing to the movies.

Several hours later, the OPP responded to calls of a vehicle engulfed in flames on a dead-end street in Oro-Medonte Twp. northeast of Barrie -- not far from a drive-in movie theatre.

Neighbours had described Masih, Shanmugalingam and their sons as a quiet, regular family who had been living on the street for around five years.

But one neighbour who wouldn't give her name said it was known by some in the neighbourhood that the couple were headed for a divorce.

terry.davidson@sunmedia.ca


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