An Ohio mother and her two daughters were found dead in a home in North Royalton on Sunday in an apparent triple homicide, police say.
Suzanne Taylor, 45, and her daughters, Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, 19, were discovered by Taylor Pifer’s boyfriend after they had been dead for several hours, WOIO-TV reports. Taylor and Kylie lived with their mother and were students at local colleges, according to friends and their social media pages.
The case remains under investigation and North Royalton Police have not publicly identified anyone as a suspect or person of interest. Detectives have interviewed several of people, according to police. No arrests have been made. Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations and FBI are assisting in the investigation.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Detectives Say Their Bodies Were Under Covers in the Mother’s Bed, Like They’d Been ‘Tucked In’
Suzanne Taylor, Taylor Pifer and Kylie Pifer were found dead inside Taylor’s 11489 Ridge Road home on Sunday after they were discovered by Taylor Pifer’s boyfriend, who called Suzanne Taylor’s boyfriend, who then called 911, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The call was made about 8 p.m. Sunday, but police believe the three women were killed at sometime on Saturday. They are believed to have been alive Saturday afternoon and died at some point after that.
In the 911 call, a dispatcher says, “There is someone in the house who advised that they found a body.”
You can listen to the 911 call below:
Scott Plymale, Suzanne Taylor’s boyfriend, told the 911 dispatcher that Taylor Pifer’s boyfriend was at the house.
“My girlfriend’s daughter’s boyfriend is in the house,” he said in the call. “They didn’t answer the door. He picked the lock and went in and he said the bedroom door was closed and he opened the door and he said, ‘There’s a body in here.’”
Plymale then called 911 for Kostar.
“He called me earlier and said, ‘Hey, something’s wrong, because all the cars are here and the door is locked and I don’t hear the dog.”
Plymale told the dispatcher he had been at the house on Saturday and dropped off flowers, but didn’t hear the dog barking and all the cars were there. Kostar told Plymale the flowers were still outside when he went to the house. It is not clear what time Plymale delivered the floors.
Plymale said he tried calling the three women and the calls all went to voicemail and all their cars were there.
According to Plymale, he was on the phone with Kostar, when he found the body, and Plymale told Kostar he was hanging up to call 911.
Police and firefighters responded and found the three women dead in Suzanne Taylor’s bedroom. Detective Dave Loeding told People the killer or killers appear to have targeted the women and the attack was not random. Loeding called it a “tragic” incident.
He said the three women were found in Suzanne Taylor’s bed like they had been “tucked in.”
Police said it appears Taylor and Kylie Pifer were killed elsewhere in the home and moved to their mother’s bed after they were dead.
Investigators said Taylor was stabbed prior to her death, while the causes of death for Taylor and Kylie have not been determined. Police initially said all three women had suffered gunshot wounds, but later said there was no visible sign of the daughters’ cause of death.
“There’s no gunshot wounds,” Loeding said. “It may have been implied early on. A knife was used in one death, I cannot tell you in the others because their was no visible sign how that occurred.”
No knife or other weapon was found at the scene, police said. Loeding said there were signs that pointed toward it being a triple homicide and not a murder-suicide.
“Let police work take it’s course, I know people need answers, I’d like to give you answers I don’t have, and as difficult as it is to understand, patience is really a big one here,” Loeding said. “There are many crimes where the obvious nature of what occurred is right there in front of you and I’m confident that we’re going to get much further down the road.
“But I think in this case there is a lot of pathology and there’s a lot of evidence that needs lab (testing). I think we’ll get to the conclusion,” the detective told reporters.
Investigators were at the scene for more than 12 hours.
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2. The Girls Lived With Their Mother & Had Been Estranged From Their Father for a Year, a Decision That ‘Blindsided’ the Family
Taylor and Kylie Pifer, ages 21 and 18, lived with their mother and had been estranged from their father, Brian Pifer, for about a year, their stepmother, Sonya Pifer, told WEWS-TV.
“Leaving their father, it blindsided everybody in our families,” Sonya Pifer told the news station. “We had a great relationship, I mean, we never saw it coming. So we don’t know what happened or why.”
Sonya Pifer did not say if she knew why the girls broke off their relationship with their father, if she knew what that reason was.
Photos on Sonya Pifer’s Facebook page showed her with Brian Pifer and his daughters several years ago on vacations and at events.
“They were so good, they were great students, Taylor played softball, for the city and then she went on to a travel league,” Sonya Pifer said. “Kylie was involved in theater, she was going to school to be a forensic scientist. Taylor was in fashion design. They were great kids.”
The relationship between Suzanne Taylor and Brian Pifer was not immediately clear. It is not known if they were ever married, or if they were, when they were divorced.
Police did not comment when asked about the estrangement between Brian Pifer and his daughters.
Brian Pifer has been married to his current wife, Sonya, for several years, according to her Facebook page.
Detective Dave Loeding told reporters there were no history of major police calls to the house for incidents like domestic violence.
It is not clear who police have interviewed.
“There’s people we find of interest related to the mom and family and so forth,” Detective Dave Loeding told reporters. “There is a lot of interest in certain persons that we’re gonna try to narrow down as the day goes.”
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3. Suzanne Taylor Went to Hiram College & Worked as a Real Estate Appraiser
Suzanne Taylor was originally from Parma Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Valley Forge High School in 1990, according to her Facebook page.
Taylor, who also went by Sue and Susie, then graduated from Hiram College, also in Ohio, with degrees in psychology, sociology and political science.
She worked as a real estate appraiser for Forsythe Appraisals, a job she started in 2013, and as an administrator at REO Property Consultants, since 2012.
“Forty years of friendship is hard, it’s hard to let go, it’s hard to wrap my head around all of this, that she’s gone and her children are gone,” friend Rhonda Whitelock told WJW-TV. “I want to be able to remember her life and be able to talk and share some memories that are good, and I want people to know what a great person she was and how fun she was, always laughing, always positive.”
Brianna Wadsworth, a childhood friend of Taylor’s daughter, wrote on Facebook, “Suzanne is over all an amazing lady and I’m glad I got to have her in my life growing. I love you guys with all my heart but know you’ll be missed dearly.”
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4. Taylor Just Finished Her Junior Year at Kent State & Kylie Was Headed Into Her Second Year at Bowling Green
Taylor Pifer graduated from North Royalton High School in 2014 and just completed her junior year at Kent State University, according to her Facebook page. She was studying fashion design there.
Taylor played softball in high school and worked at the Kent State Fashion Management Store in college. She also worked at Forever 21 and The Hunt, as a fashion scout, according to her resume.
Kylie Pifer was going to turn 19 on June 18 and would be entering her sophomore year at Bowling Green State University in the fall.
She was studying biology at the school and was also involved in theater.
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5. A Vigil Is Set for Wednesday at North Royalton High School & the Girls’ Funeral is Friday
A vigil is scheduled for Wednesday night, June 14, at North Royalton High School, at 8:30 p.m., according to WEWS-TV.
According to an obituary published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the funeral for Taylor and Kylie Pifer will be held on Friday, June 16, at Cuyahoga Valley Church in Broadview Heights at 10:30 a.m. A wake will be held Thursday night at the A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Home in Middleburg Heights from 3 to 8 p.m.
The family asks that donations be made to a charity of your choice in their names.
Separate services are being planned for Suzanne Taylor, friends say.
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