Son killed his parents, then took his own life

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Sheriff's Office is now calling the shooting deaths of three Hyde Park residents last week a murder/suicide.

John A. Howell, 56; Anna B. Howell, 60 and Richard L. Howell, 20, were all found dead from gunshot wounds around 5:18 p.m. Wednesday about 40 miles northeast of Kingman on state Route 66.

A 9 mm handgun was found at the scene and is believed to be the weapon.

John and Anna Howell are husband and wife. Richard was their adopted son.

Anna was driving, John was in the front passenger seat and Richard was in the back seat. The MCSO believes that Richard shot both Anna and John, walked into the desert and shot himself.

Hyde Park is located 15 miles east of Peach Springs. The motive for the shootings is unknown.