Oklahoma City police identify mother, daughter and report father committed suicide in Las Vegas

Authorities have released the names of a mother and daughter found dead in northeast Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The father has killed himself in Las Vegas following the double-homicide reported Tuesday.
By BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: February 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm •  Published: February 29, 2012

Tara Johnston described her husband in a Facebook post for Valentine's Day as “the most wonderful husband in the world!!”

Now police believe he killed her and their 1-year-old daughter, Allison, before killing himself.

Mother and daughter were found dead Tuesday in the family's home at 12732 Teakwood Road.

Police in Las Vegas found the body of her husband, Daniel Johnston, 29, in a hotel room Tuesday night.

“Investigators believe Mr. Johnston killed his wife and daughter before flying to Las Vegas this past Sunday,” Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. “His death appears to be a suicide.”

Terri Guinn worked with Tara Johnston, 29, at Chicas Mexican Cafe, where Johnston waited tables. Guinn said Johnston was an amazing person who will be missed by those who knew her.

“No matter what she had going on, the death of her grandma, money situations, anything, she was always happy and positive,” Guinn said. “She loved her daughter. Allison was her life.”

Guinn said she tried to call her co-worker Sunday night and got no answer. Tuesday, she left her a message saying she was going to call the police if she didn't hear back.

But police were already at Johnston's home. They got a tip from Edmond police about 8 a.m. Tuesday that two people possibly were dead inside the home. After getting a search warrant, they found the bodies of Tara Johnston and Allison Johnston.

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