Alberta man charged with killing parents and sister, burning down home

The Klaus family ... supplied photo

The Klaus family ... supplied photo

Jenna McMurray, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:07 PM ET

CALGARY — An Alberta man is facing three charges of first-degree murder after his family was found dead inside a home he allegedly burned to the ground.

The news has stunned a small community of Castor, Alta.

"It's shock, the town is in shock," Mayor Garry DeVloo. "You almost ... hope it isn't true."

On Saturday, RCMP announced charges against two men in the horrific deaths of three members of the Klaus family: Gordon, 61, his wife Sandra, 62, and their daughter Monica, 40.

The remains of Gordon and Monica were found in the remnants of burned home 15 km east of Castor, which police believe was purposefully set on fire on Dec. 8, 2013.

Sandra's remains were never located, but RCMP said their investigation suggests she was in the home at the time of the blaze

"It's our belief that her remains were consumed in the fire," Insp. Tony Hamori said.

On Saturday, he confirmed that Jason Klaus, 38 — Gordon and Sandra's son and Monica's brother — has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson.

 

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