Police have released Wednesday night’s 9-1-1 call from a neighbor in LeMars who tipped authorities off to what has now been confirmed as a triple-murder/suicide. After the 9-1-1 operator answers, a woman says “help! Help! There’s people across the street and I think there’s something really bad.”
The woman is clearly upset and recounts for the operator what she saw. “We walked over there because nobody was answering the phone…I think they’re dead.” The 9-1-1 operator asked for more information: “Can you see anybody or what?” The women quickly responded: “Yes. I saw through the garage window. Please, just get the cops here.” The woman told the operator she lived directly across the street from the family, which police have confirmed were the Haydens.
Authorities say 38-year-old Timothy Hayden, shot his 15-year-old daughter Lyndsey, 17-year-old son Shawn and his wife Marilyn Hayden before taking his own life.
The neighbor pleaded for the cops to come to the house quickly. “Oh, I think, I think they’re dead,” the neighbor said. “All right. All right. We’ll get ’em right there,” the operator said.