No Arrests Made in Farm House Slayings

10-3-05 - Authorities have made no arrests in the mysterious shooting deaths of a Panhandle farmer, his pregnant wife and her teenage son, a Texas Department of Safety trooper said Sunday.

Brian Conrad, 31, his wife Michell, 35, and her 14-year-old son Zach Doan were found dead in their home on Texas 70 early Friday in rural Gray County.

"No items were taken that the investigators are aware of, and there's no indication of a robbery," Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Daniel Hawthorne told The Associated Press.

Michell Conrad's 10-year-old daughter called 911 about 7:15 a.m. Friday to report the shooting, the Amarillo Globe-News reported in Sunday editions.

Hawthorne declined to answer questions about the 10-year-old, citing concern for her safety. He said she is not suspected in the shooting.

"They were always happy and friendly," said the Rev. Lynn Hancock, pastor of Briarwood Full Gospel Church in Pampa. The family attended the church.

Zach was a freshman at Pampa High School and involved in athletics. His mother was six months pregnant.

The case is not being investigated as a murder-suicide, and no vehicles were missing from the farm, the newspaper reported. Hawthorne said investigators have determined no motive for the shootings.

"It has caused some anxiety in people for their own safety that something like this could happen in our community," Hancock said.

The bodies were sent to Lubbock for autopsies.

The farm house is south of Pampa, a town of about 18,000 located 55 miles northeast of Amarillo.


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