Former residents slain in Canada

ESCANABA — The recent murders of two former Escanaba residents — Ulla Theoret and her son, Paul Theoret — are under investigation by police in the Ontario Province in Canada. The two had resided there with Ulla’s mother who was also reported murdered Friday, according to a Canadian Press article.

The Canadian Press stated the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a triple murder and suicide that occurred at the Theoret home in Burks Falls, Ryerson Township, located in the central part of the Ontario Province.

The bodies of Raija Turanen, age 88, her daughter, Ulla K. Theoret, age 55, and grandson, Paul A. Theoret, age 28, were found in their home Friday evening when a friend had stopped by for a visit at around 7:30 p.m.

The body of Mark Jones, age 58, of Ryerson Township, was also found in the residence, according to investigators who suspect Jones killed the three others before taking his own life. Jones, a neighbor, previously did handy work at the Theoret home.

In a recent interview with the Canadian Press, Ulla’s son, Thomas Theoret, said Jones had been stalking his mother who was recently divorced and Jones was told by another family member more than a year ago to leave the family alone.

According to the Canadian Press article, police found a handgun and a long gun in the residence but are not saying they have evidence anyone was shot, pending autopsies to determine the causes of death of those involved.

The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Spalding are in charge of local funeral arrangements for Ulla Theoret and her son, Paul Theoret. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the funeral home.