A MAN killed two research scientists before leaving a mom-of-five dead in a suspected murder-suicide, cops have said.
Camila Behrensen, 24, and Pablo Guzman-Palma, 25, were found dead in their Kansas City, Missouri apartment on October 1.
Jackson County prosecutors identified Kevin Moore, 42, as the chief suspect and claimed that he intentionally set their home alight.
Cops made the link after combing through cell phone and computer data, and surveillance videos.
On October 16, Moore and mom-of-five Misty Brockman, 40, were found dead in a parked car with gunshot wounds.
Friends said that Brockman was a parent to five young boys, according to a GoFundMe page.
Cops rushed to the scene and first responders were flagged down by motorists who were pointing to a vehicle in the woods.
Officers said the victims were “suffering from apparent trauma”.
Detectives have not released a motive as investigations are ongoing.
It came just days after Behrensen and Guzman-Palma were found dead.
Behrensen, from Argentina, and Guzman-Palma, of Chile, were scientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.
Officials at the Kansas City Fire Department revealed in a report that the motive of the blaze was to conceal a crime.
Former Johnson County prosecutor Paul Morrison told KSHB: “What it says to me is that these people were murdered and that whoever did it, set this fire to try to cover it up.”
Morrison revealed that starting a fire to cover up a crime isn’t “unusual”.
He added: “Usually, it doesn’t work because it’s fairly commonly done in homicide scenes and investigators are usually pretty good at determining the cause of death.”
Cops revealed that an Amazon Alexa device was found in the apartment.
Investigators thought that it may have captured conversations between Moore and the research scientists before they were killed, KSHB reported.
Tributes were paid to the two scientists following their deaths.
Behrensen’s colleagues said she had been “looking forward to living on her own in a different country”.
Palma, a spinal cord regeneration researcher, was described as a “gentle soul”.
The pair were branded “brilliant, promising scientists” by researchers at the Stowers Institute.
The organization said: “The Stowers Institute community is devastated by the loss of two exceptional predoctoral researchers.”