Published On: Thu, May 23rd, 2013

Aza Vidinhar identified as teen ‘person of interest’ arrest for double murder of brothers

A 4-year-old and a 10-year-old are dead under suspicious circumstances, and police searched for several hours to locate their older brother Wednesday night, calling him a person of interest.

Aza Vidinhar, age 15, was located and taken to an area hospital for evaluation just before midnight.

Aza’s two younger brothers, ages 4 and 10, who were apparently stabbed to death in their home, authorities said Thursday.

Aza Vidinhar

Aza Vidinhar

The mother called 911 Wednesday evening after finding her 4-year-old son dead in the home in West Point, Utah. Police then found the 10-year-old son dead in the lower part of the house, but they weren’t sure whether the oldest child was a victim or a suspect, Sheriff Todd Richardson told reporters.

Police found the oldest brother miles away walking with blood stains on the street. The boy spoke “pretty bluntly” with investigators, who are trying to determine a motive, the sheriff said. He wasn’t carrying any weapons, though police have found two weapons believed to have been used in the slayings, Richardson said.

“He had been interviewed by one of our detectives, and there has been things that have been brought forth that is part of an active investigation, and as time goes on, it will be released as to why he did what he did,” Richardson said.

“I don’t want to speculate what was going through his mind, but he is a natural child of the family and the two children who were victims in this were both adopted,” the sheriff added.

The 15-year-old boy once ran away from home, and in that incident, the family apparently received assistance from a church leader, the sheriff added.

“On that one prior time, he did a runaway, and we located him, so we don’t have a longstanding history file on him,” Richardson said.

The family “did an intervention through their ecclesiastic leadership, and as far as anything through law enforcement or the state, it’s my understanding that they didn’t” do any more, Richardson said.

Prosecutors have yet to file charges or decide whether to charge the youth as an adult, said Sgt. Susan Poulsen with Davis County Sheriff’s Office.

Vidinhar’s mother left him and his two brothers at home while she attended a dance recital with her other children.

Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams said the 15-year-old was enrolled as a ninth-grader at West Point Junior High. The 10-year-old attended fourth grade at Lakeside Elementary School. Grief counselors were at both schools Thursday morning.

Williams said the youths’ parents would move them in and out of public school, so he didn’t know how well other students might have known them. Sometimes they’d be enrolled in public school and at other times they’d be home-schooled, he said.

Williams said the teen was an honors student, a member of the National Honors Society and a distance runner on the track team.

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