Identities Released in Suspected Murder Suicide Leaving Five Dead
Update to ongoing 519 West Taylor homicide investigation
The suspect in this investigation has been identified as Claude Adams, a 64 year old resident of Santa Maria. Based upon information obtained up to this point, it is believed the three deceased persons recovered from 519 West Taylor space 407 include the suspect, Claude Adams, his wife Sherry Adams (65 year old resident of Santa Maria), and their son Seth Adams (a 33 year old resident of Santa Maria).
The positive identification of the decedents is still pending confirmation from the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Bureau. SBSO Detective Coroner Biedenger is requesting any family members of the decedents listed above contact him as soon as possible at 805-681-4145.
SMPD Detectives have learned that Claude Adams had an ongoing dispute with Victims Kurt Bracke and Richard Hanen. As a result of this dispute, Claude was being evicted from the mobile home park. Based on the information obtained thus far, investigators believe Clau de shot and killed both Bracke and Hanen in the clubhouse area of the park before returning to his residence.
The chronology of events beyond what is stated above is unknown. Investigators believe Claude also killed his wife and son, although the exact cause of death has yet to be verified.
This is an ongoing investigation. SMPD Detectives request anyone with information on this case contact Detective Dix at 805-928-3781 x 2424.
Detectives involved in the homicide investigation at 519 W. Taylor have confirmed a total of 5 persons were killed during this incident.
The unidentified suspect shot and killed 70 year old Kurt Bracke and 78 year old Richard Hanen, both residents of Santa Maria.
The suspected shooter and two additional unidentified victims were located inside of a burnt mobile home. Identification of the suspected gunman and the two additional victims will be released once the Coroners Office confirms their identities.