At 11 a.m. on Friday, a New York state housekeeper discovered three dead bodies inside a Westchester mansion she frequently cleans. Shortly thereafter, officials were on the scene and closing off a sizable perimeter around the home.
The bodies belonged to the homeowners: 56-year-old Steven Dym, his wife Loretta, 50, and their 18-year-old daughter Caroline.
Even more horrifying than a family unit lying lifeless on the floor, however, is the facts surrounding their murders. According to reports, Steven fatally shot his own wife and daughter in the torso before turning the 12-gauge shotgun on himself.
The New York Post reported that authorities are at a loss for a possible motive; the two were not in any stage of separation and the family has no history of domestic disputes. Close friends even told the New York Post Steven and Loretta “were very happy”:
“She never really spoke about [her relationship] much. Her life was her kids. The few times I’ve met Steve Dym, he seemed like a great husband and a great father. They were both all about their kids, their kids’ futures. I would have never guessed in a million years.”
State Police Investigator Joseph Becerra told the publication:
“We are still interviewing family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances, trying to understand why this tragedy occurred.”
Aside from the reason behind killing his teen daughter and wife, authorities also have another piece of the crime to consider: He left his son, 20-year-old William, alive.
William, who has been reported as attending a California university, was apparently not home at the time of the incident.
Pound Ridge Police Chief Dave Ryan told CBS News the whole community is in shock:
“They are heartbroken, and they’re probably heartbroken for a lot of reasons. You have a young family, and two young children, and there’s a surviving child. Imagine the heartbreak for that young boy.”
Neighbors reportedly told authorities that some of the family’s relatives live in the same neighborhood — which, according to neighbors is normally a quiet one. In fact, Ryan told CBS News this case is the first murder he’s seen in his 19 years with the department.
Authorities are heavily noting that the family’s home was for sale, and one neighbor said Steven was “very weird” about revealing any details as to where they’d be moving to:
“Not only did he not know where he was going, but he didn’t even know if he was going.”
As of Sunday morning, officials are still in the preliminary stages of the investigation, interviewing neighbors, family, and friends to piece together any information they can, but have stated all signs point to a double murder-suicide.Screenshot/Facebook
While police delve into the family’s finances, personal lives, and history, the local community mourns the loss of the family.
Caroline was a student-athlete at Sacred Heart Greenwich, reportedly excelling in golf. William, the last living family member, just started his sophomore year at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
It’s unclear if he will stay enrolled this semester in the wake of such an unimaginable tragedy.