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Police search the Kalamazoo River near Verburg Park, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, after finding the bodies of a mother and child inside a submerged vehicle, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Police believe a second child, who is missing, may also have been inside the vehicle when it entered the water late Monday evening. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police on Wednesday identified a woman and her twin daughters who died after she drove her car into a southwestern Michigan river, a tragedy attributed by some family members to depression.
The bodies of Ineza McClinton, 44, and 9-year-old twins Angel and Faith McClinton were recovered Monday and Tuesday from the Kalamazoo River.
McClinton was "having some difficulties in her life," another daughter, Tishyron McClinton, told TV station WWMT . "She was talking about how she was tired, sad and lonely. Never in a million years would I thought she had a plot or a plan."
Kalamazoo police said two more girls were let out of the car before it went into the river Monday at Verburg Park. Their relationship to Ineza McClinton was not immediately known. Capt. Brad Misner declined further comment.
"We're still in the middle of the investigation," he said.
Ineza McClinton and the twins lived in Grand Rapids, 50 miles (80.4 kilometers) north, but had ties to the Kalamazoo area.
Candace Miller, who lived across the street, recalled how Ineza gave her daughter a pair of sandals.
"I don't know what was going on to cause her to do that," Miller said of the deaths. "You would never have seen it from the outside. ... My daughter played with them every weekend."
Jeanette McClinton wonders why Ineza, her sister, didn't seek help.
"I want my mom back. I want my sisters back," Tishyron McClinton said. "It's a very hard pill to swallow."
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