A farewell letter has been found inside the house.
Bloomberg News reports that the Dutch forensic institute has 'confirmed suspicions' of a murder-suicide, the police said in a statement late Monday. Schmittmann’s family was cited as saying in the statement that 'we knew Jan Peter struggled with severe depression'.
Schmittmann, 57, and his wife and daughter were found at their home in Laren, 32 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Amsterdam, on April 5 after the police received a call from an acquaintance who said something might be wrong at the property. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf identified the dead women as Schmittman’s 57-year-old wife, Nelly, and their daughter Babette, 22.
'A farewell letter has been found inside the house', the police said in the statement. The authorities declined further comment on the letter’s contents and time and cause of death.
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