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The lingering question that faces investigators is, why?

Other than traffic violations, Alan Atwater, 31, had no criminal record
and the even the traffic citations were not drug or alcohol related.

His voice on the 9-1-1 call isn’t emotional as he tells a dispatcher with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department his wife and three children are dead from gunshot wounds and he intends to kill himself.                  

The call occurred at 12:11 a.m. on Saturday, according to the sheriff’s department, and the department’s Special Response Team responded, establishing a perimeter around the two-story farmhouse at 964 Leutz Road, Oak Harbor.

After repeatedly trying to contact Atwater by phone and loudspeaker, sheriff’s deputies at 2:52 a.m. forced their way in through the front door.

The bodies of Atwater and his family were all found upstairs and appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.

Investigators have identified those found dead as Dawn Atwater, 30; Ashley Atwater, 4; Isaac Atwater, 2; Brady Atwater, 1 ½, and Alan Atwater, 31.

The sheriff’s department said Alan was employed at the Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station.

In addition to detectives from the sheriff’s department, agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Ottawa County Coroner Dr. Jerome McTague, and Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan were at the scene.