The mystery behind a deadly wrong-way crash on the I-94 freeway in Indiana that killed the drivers of both cars deepened Thursday morning, when police notifying one driver’s next of kin found the deceased man’s children and their mother all slain at their home.
Police responded Thursday to a fiery crash at the 43-mile marker of I-94. The authorities say that, around 1:30 a.m., a vehicle driving eastbound in the westbound lanes collided with another car.
According to WXYZ, both motorists, 45-year-old Juan Nelson Jr. of Portage, Ind., and 38-year-old wrong-way driver Michael Vanderlinden of Michigan were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Vanderlinden’s next-of-kin included his wife, age 34, and two sons living at a home in Van Buren Twp., Mich. When police officers from Van Buren Twp. went to the home at 8:30 a.m. to notify the family, they received no answer. The front door was open, according to reports. The police then talked to neighbors, who were concerned that the stay-at-home mother had not answered the door.
When they entered the home, the police discovered the bodies of the mother and two young sons, ages 4 and 7 years old. The victims have been tentatively identified by multiple outlets as Linda Vanderlinden and her sons, Matthew, 4, and Julian, 7.
WDIV reports that Michael Vanderlinden had attempted suicide and had a prior history of mental illness. The two boys were both found in their beds, while the mother’s body was discovered on the floor of a bedroom. The bodies had all been stabbed with a large kitchen knife. Police say there was no sign of a robbery or forced entry to the home.