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Three Children and One Woman Found Deceased In Fire-One Adult Male Found Deceased In Vehicle

News Release from: Salem Police Dept.
Posted: May 24th, 2012 3:06 PM

**** UPDATE ****

An autopsy has been completed on the deceased subject who was located in a vehicle in Cottage Grove in relation to this investigation.

That subject has been identified as 27-year old Nikolai Lazukin, who is the husband of Natalya Lazukin and the father of the three victim children. Lazukin died as a result of what is consistent with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

No further information is available at this time.

**** UPDATE ****

The Salem Fire Department located four victims in a burning residence at 2580 Fisher Rd NE early in the morning on May 22, 2012. Autopsies on the victims were conducted on May 23, and subsequent investigation has revealed that the fire was a result of arson, and those found deceased in the residence died as a result of homicidal violence.

The victims in this case have been identified as:
Natalya Lazukin, 26-years old, died as a result of gunshot wounds
Angelica Lazukin, 3-years old, died as a result of gunshot wounds
Zoe Lazukin, 1-year old, died as a result of gunshot wounds
Sefi Lazukin, infant, probable asphyxiation

The deceased subject located in a vehicle in Cottage Grove later in the morning of May 22 has not yet been positively identified, and further information will be released as it becomes available.

Salem Police detectives, The Salem Fire Department, Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents, Oregon State Police troopers and the Marion County District Attorney's Office are currently conducting a death investigation of multiple victims. Three young children and an adult female were located deceased in a fire in the 2800 block of Fisher Rd NE in Salem and an adult male was found deceased in a vehicle in Cottage Grove.

The fire was reported shortly before 5:30 am on May 22nd by a neighbor who noticed smoke coming from the residence. As firefighters were attending to the fire in the residence, they located the three young children and the woman and removed them from the house. Evidence located at the scene indicated that the victims died as a result of homicidal violence and firefighters requested the Salem Police Department respond.

Initial investigation into this case led detectives to identify the husband of the deceased female, who is also the father of the deceased children, as a person of interest. At approximately 11:00am on May 22nd, a male was located deceased in a vehicle in the Cottage Grove area. This vehicle is associated with the person of interest in this case, and at this time investigators believe this to be a domestic related murder-suicide situation.

Investigators are still actively following up on leads in this case and are not identifying any of the involved parties at this time. Autopsies will be scheduled for the deceased parties in this case and more information will be released as it becomes available.

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