Four found dead in Grand Forks home

North Dakota elementary school asks police to check nearby home, parent and three children found dead inside

Four found dead in Grand Forks home

The victims include: six-year old Arianna Talmage...ten-year old Aidan Talmage...14-year old Tyler Talmage...and 35-year old Astra Volk.

The newspaper reported that police said that all four died of gunshot wounds.

A woman who was found dead with her three children in her North Dakota home appears to have been struggling with financial problems.

Police went to the home Thursday morning after administrators at Lewis and Clark Elementary School asked police to check on the family.

A GoFundMe account allegedly set up by Astra Volk on April 25th seeks money for "Living Expenses Due To Medical Bills" with a goal of $1,000.

"This morning, the administration at Lewis and Clark Elementary asked the Grand Forks Police Department to conduct a welfare check at a private residence".

In the post, Volk said she and her two sons "suffer from mental illness, bi-polar, manic depression, autism" and that all had been "hospitalized for this".

Authorities couldn't immediately confirm whether the gun recovered from the scene was used to kill the family-of-four; they also declined to reveal where in the home the bodies were found.

"I work full time but my wages have recently been garnished for medical bills", she wrote.

Volk, who said on social media that she worked at Cirrus Aircraft, said the family was getting help from food pantries.

Court records in Grand Forks County list three civil judgments against an Astra F. Volk a year ago for about $3,750. The garage door was opened more than halfway, and a pink child's bicycle was overturned in the yard.

Police say the officer noticed what gave the impression to be a physique inside the house.

"I hadn't met them yet, and I had only barely seen them", Stevens said.

The Grand Forks School District said in a statement that they were told a parent and three students were those found in the home.

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