BELLINGHAM, WA – On Saturday, October 24, around 1:15 pm, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies responded to a welfare check at a home on Sunflower Circle in Sudden Valley. A roommate at the multi-level residence reported finding his landlord and her two children deceased in an upstairs bedroom.
Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators were called to the scene and spent the afternoon and evening investigating the incident. Investigators have determined that the mother, 55-year-old Michele Boudreau Deegan, shot her twin 7-year-old daughters while they were sleeping. Ms. Boudreau then shot herself. The crime appears to have occurred sometime Friday evening.
Preliminary findings indicate that the mother had been involved in a custody dispute over the children, which appears to be the primary motive behind the incident.
At this time the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing any further information in regards to this incident pending final autopsy results and the completion of the investigation.
Source: Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Press Release