It’s hard to believe a murder / suicide was the only answer to their issues..

Minnesota teacher, husband found dead in Washington state
By St. Paul Pioneer Press on Aug 29, 2016 at 10:06 p.m.


Aric Babbit

SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. — A South St. Paul elementary school teacher who was the subject of a criminal investigation and on paid leave is dead from an apparent murder-suicide last week in Washington state.

A criminal investigation into teacher Aric Babbitt and his husband, Matthew Deyo, began about two weeks ago after allegations were made against both of them, South St. Paul Police Chief Bill Messerich said Monday.

Because the investigation is still active, Messerich said, he could not disclose the nature of the allegations and who made them.

“It’s early, but there are some allegations … and we’ve executed a search warrant,” he said. “Overall, it’s a tough one.”

Babbitt, 40, and Deyo, 36, lived together in a South St. Paul home they bought at 1312 S. Fifth Ave. in 2003, according to Dakota County property records.

Babbitt, who taught at Lincoln Elementary School, was put on paid leave by South St. Paul schools after the district learned of the allegations about two weeks ago, Superintendent Dave Webb said Monday.

Babbitt’s sister Sara said in a text message to friends Friday that Babbitt and Deyo were found dead Thursday on Lopez Island, in the San Juan Islands in the northwest corner of the state about 100 miles north of Seattle.

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