Husband, wife, son killed in Whitley County homicide

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WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - The Whitley County Sheriff's Office is investigating a triple homicide investigation.

The victims were found Wednesday evening at a home on Deep Branch Road.

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said his office was called just before 5 p.m. about a possible suicide.

Kathy Faulkner told WYMT-TV she found her daughter, Emogene Bittner, dead inside the home.

"I came home and went in the house and the house was destroyed. And then I went back into the house and that's where I found her on the floor," said Faulkner.

Faulkner says she later found her son-in-law, Christopher Bittner, and her 16-year-old grandson, Robert Kennedy, III, dead outside the home.

"I hope they find out who did this. My grandson had his whole life ahead of him. He never did nothing to no one. He was a good kid," said Faulkner.

Sheriff Harrell says all three victims appeared to have been strangled.

"Three individuals potentially strangled, I have never seen this before. How cruel can people get?," says Harell. "Why they choose to strangle them, I really don't know. Why not shoot them or stab them, I don't know the answer to that. But as far as being personal, that question, they knew who they were killing."

The sheriff says his office is looking into people of interest, but so far no arrests have been made. Police also believe the victims knew the perpetrators and that this is an isolated crime.

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