Investigation Continues After Mother, Son Found Dead in Midtown Home
Tulsa investigators released the names of two midtown residents Tuesday afternoon that were found dead inside a home.
Initial reports state that 50-year-old Kimberly Crabtree and her son, 17-year-old Joseph Crabtree, were found dead at their residence near 21st and Lewis.
Both were discovered by authorities who made forced entry into the home after a family member dropped by to check on them. Detectives said the bodies were found inside an upstairs bedroom closet. Investigators stated that both individuals were found with fatal shotgun wounds. No signs of a struggle were reported inside the residence, according to a statement from the Tulsa Police Department. According to the Tulsa Police Department a note recovered at the scene reveals the shooting was planned by Kimberly and her Joseph. Sgt. David Walker with TPD said it seems like Kimberly wrote the note and purchased the gun on Tuesday.
"The investigation is ongoing, however it appears that the shooting was planned by both parties," the statement went on to describe.
Right now detectives are still trying to figure out if the deaths are a murder-suicide or double suicide.
"The first thing that comes to mind is shocking," said Greg Shinn with Mental Health Association.
Shinn said the tragic death of a tulsa mother and her son is something very uncommon.
"This would be an extremely rare occurrence for two individuals in a family relationship like this to agree to both kill themselves ahead of time," Shinn said.
TPD investigators said they've learned there were issues in the Crabtree family, which they can't discuss.
"It's very likely in a case like this where there must have been some overwhelming sense of hopelessness or helplessness or a sense of being trapped or something like that. Like they were in a situation that was not resolvable which isn'ttrue .Anythingg can be worked through with some professional help and that professional help is readily here in Oklahoma," Shinn said.
Shinn said it's crucial to pay attention to your loved ones because early detection can prevent a tragedies like this.
"A lot of times there are some warning signs like is aid depression, sometimes there can be changes in eating habits, loss of appetite. Sleep patterns can change. The inability to sleep or sleeping all the time. There could be emotionality mood swings that people around them might notice," Shinn said.
Mental health experts in Tulsa want residents to know that there is always a way out, even when its hard to believe.
"Treatment works and treatment is readily available. Even if you don't have the financial resources to pay for it. In our community we have excellent services available," Shinn said.
There are many resources available to help people considering suicide. You can call the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma at 918- 585- 1213. There's also a list of other agencies on the website, suicide.org.
Joseph was a student at Edison High School. Before that he attended Bishop Kelly and Cascia Hall. The headmaster at Cascia Hall said many of his former classmates were upset to learn of his death. Several administrators, counselors and priests were available to support the students.