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Terrified teen daughter called 911 to report parents' murder-suicide

TNS Regional News • Mar 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM

A terrified 18-year-old called 911 Saturday afternoon to say that both her parents were dead.

Hocking County authorities said this morning that it was a murder/suicide: Robert Seeber had a history of violence with his family and Saturday afternoon, he snapped, said Chief Deputy David Valkinburg of the Hocking County sheriff’s office.

Detectives today are still working to figure out what led to the shooting in Murray City.

This much they know: 52-year-old Robert Seeber shot Lisa, with a 12-gauge shotgun and then shot himself. Lisa Seeber was 45.

Public records show the couple married in 1994 and had three children, ages 16, 18 and 19.

Martina Seeber called 911 at 4:31 p.m. Saturday and said her parents were both dead on the living-room couch at the family’s home, 45569 Long St.

She told the dispatcher that she had been in her bedroom when “my dad and mom were getting in a fight ... I tried to stop them. I tried ... he came out and shot her.”

She said her younger brother was home, too. Valkinburg said neither of the children were hurt.

Valkinburg said a restraining order against Robert Seeber had only recently expired and he was back living at the family’s home.

Sheriff’s office records show that deputies had been called to house for trouble three times last year. In February, Robert Reeder was accused of hitting one of the kids.

Court records show he was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence in that case. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years of probation and ordered to stay away from his children, court records show. He also was ordered to surrender any weapons and not get any more.

In August, while the couple was separated, Lisa Seeber awoke in the middle of the night to find her estranged husband in her bedroom, Valkinburg said. In that instance, he threatened to burn the house down, records show.

Then, in September, Robert Seeber threatened one of his teenagers with a pistol.

“It was a tragic pattern,” Valkinburg said.

The couple had filed for divorce at least once but reconciled, records show.


By Holly Zachariah - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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