The dead are said to be members of the same family, according to officials in the little hamlet of Enoch, 394 kilometers south of Salt Lake City.
According to investigators, five of the eight family members who died from gunshot wounds were children. They did not offer any other information or speculate on a possible motivation for the crimes.
According to a statement from city officials in Enoch, a small community of roughly 8,000 people located 394km (245 miles) south of Salt Lake City, the victims were discovered Wednesday when police conducted a welfare check at the property.
Police reported that they did not find any evidence of a public threat.
Rob Dotson, the city manager of Enoch, said the eight bodies shocked the neighborhood and that the dead, who were all members of one family, were well-known in the small southern Utah town.
Dotson stated in a video statement on Wednesday night that “many of us have worked with them in church, in the community, and gone to school with these individuals.”
“At the moment, this community is in pain. They’re grieving, they’re in agony, and they’re filled with questions,” Dotson continued, stressing that authorities intended to reveal additional details as they became available as the police investigation developed.
Dotson, who occasionally choked, added, “We won’t know the mindsets, the thoughts of the people who suffered this tragedy, but we can all pray that their families and the neighbors and everybody will come to an understanding of what transpired in this location, probably in a day or two, or maybe longer.”
When people go unnoticed for a long time, welfare checks based on calls to the police department, like the one that directed them to the house where the deaths were discovered, are customary, according to Dotson.
According to a letter to parents, the five kids attended schools in the Iron County School District.
Spencer Cox, the governor of Utah, expressed his sympathy in a tweet on Wednesday evening.