October 1, 2014

Fort Dodge woman, two sons dead in apparent murder-suicide

A Fort Dodge woman and her two sons are dead in an apparent double-murder suicide. James Saunders of the Iowa Department of Public Safety says officers responded to a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor’s home at about 5:30 Thursday night. “Upon arrival, they found two young boys, deceased, and an adult female who was critically injured. She was taken to a Des Moines-area hospital,” Saunders says. “They did recover a handgun at the scene.” The woman — 29-year-old Richella Stark — died at the hospital. The two boys found dead in the home are three-year-old Braydon and two-year-old Brody Gollob. It appears to have been a double-murder/suicide, but Saunders says agents aren’t making that call yet. “This is an on-going death investigation, trying to determine what really happened,” Saunders says. “It’s too early for any comments with regards to this particular case.” Fort Dodge police say two of the woman’s older children were outside the home at the time of the shooting and ran to a neighbor’s for help. The boy and girl are reportedly living with their biological father.