Authorities in Texas have revealed that a San Antonio mother had an argument with her live-in boyfriend the night before the woman and her two daughters were found shot to death inside their home in a gated community last week.
The medical examiner ruled this week that Nichol Olsen’s death a suicide, and her daughters London Bribiescas, 10, and Alexa Montez, 16, were homicides, after they were found shot dead in their luxury home on January 10.
But Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar insists it’s too early to write the deaths off as a murder-suicide and revealed that the investigation was still ongoing.
‘We can’t just say, ‘Oh, well then she must’ve been the one that did this to these two little girls,” Sheriff Salazar told KTXS. ‘We still have to go out and find out who it was that killed these two young ladies.’
‘Our investigation may concur with the medical examiner,’ the sheriff said. ‘Or we may find something through the course of our investigation that may change that finding all together. At this point, it’s just too early to tell.’
Now it has been revealed that Olsen, 37, fought with her boyfriend, Charles Wheeler, 31, on the night of her death.
Wheeler, who is a person of interest but has not been named as a suspect, reportedly spent the night at a relative’s residence out of town after the argument.
‘I think there’d been an argument at the very least,’ Salazar said of what had passed between the couple prior to Wheeler’s departure.
The medical examiner has ruled mother Nichol Olsen’s (left) death a suicide and the deaths of her daughters, 10-year-old London and 16-year-old Alexa (right), homicides
Nichol’s boyfriend Charles Wheeler, left, is considered a ‘person of interest’ but not a suspect in the case. He told police he returned to the $1million home where they lived on January 10 and found the bodies
He added that people who knew the couple told investigators that their was ‘not the happiest of relationships.’
The boyfriend returned home at 9am the following morning and found Olsen dead of a gunshot wound to the head inside their $1million residence in the 11300 block of Anaqua Springs in San Antonio, along with her daughters London Bribiescas, 10, and Alexa Montez, 16.
Both girls were also shot in the head, and London, a fifth-grader at Leon Springs Elementary School, also sustained a wounded to the neck.
Olsen’s death was ruled a suicide, while the deaths of London and Alexa were ruled homicides, raising doubts from the woman’s family and friends who argued that she would have never harmed her children of herself.
A gun was recovered near Olsen’s body, but no suicide note was found, reported San Antonio Express-News.
Salazar said Wheeler is considered a ‘person of interest’ but not a suspect in the shootings, reported MySanAntonio.com.
Investigators are looking at other potential persons of interest as well.
He went on to say that Wheeler has submitted to tests inspecting his hands for traces of gunshot residue.
‘He’s been cooperative with us knowing full well that under the circumstances he’s a person of interest,’ Salazar said. ‘We’re not calling anybody a suspect at this point.’
Wheeler’s attorney, Mark Stevens, asked the public not to jump to conclusions and demonize his client, who he said did not commit the crime.
On Monday, he revealed that the medical examiner had determined that Nichol killed herself but said his office is still investigating what happened.
It coincides with disbelief from Nichol’s many friends and relatives who have spoken out to say she would ‘never’ have harmed herself let alone the two girls.
Wheeler’s attorney asked the public not to jump to conclusions and demonize his client (left, with Olsen)
‘The medical examiner’s findings are independent to what we may find…
‘We owe it to the public, to continue this investigation and so we can’t just say well this is what the medical examiner says case closed.
There are way too many unanswered questions… we have to go out and find out who killed these two young ladies
‘The fact that Nichol Olsen’s death has been ruled a suicide, we can’t just say ‘well she must be the one who did this to these little girls.’
‘We have to go out and find out who it was that killed these two young ladies.
‘The evidence my leads us back to somebody in the house but it may not,’ Sheriff Salazar said.
As part of their probe, police are looking into cell phone usage and the towers they pinged from.
No one has been arrested for the killings and Bexar County Sheriff’s Office did not answer DailyMail.com’s multiple questions about the case on Monday morning.
The bodies were found inside the $1million mansion Wheeler bought last year and where they all live. He told police he returned home, found the bodies and called 911
An internal view of the home which is in a gated community in the affluent San Antonio neighborhood
Nichol (pictured with her 22-year-old son Skylar who was not involved in the killings) has been described as a ‘fiercely protective’ mother and loving friend. It remains unclear what led up to her death or what made the medical examiner believe that she killed herself
Police will not say where Wheeler spent the night before he found the bodies.
Shortly after the bodies were found, authorities from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Homicide Division spoke with him but he has not been arrested nor has any evidence emerged to suggest he is responsible.
‘We’re not necessarily doubting him or calling him a liar at this point,’ Salazar said Thursday. ‘What we are doing is trying to verify or refute that independently… Chances are wherever he was, he continued to use his cell phone.’
Police say Charles Wheeler has been cooperative since the beginning of the investigation
His Ford 2013 pick-up truck was seen being removed from the street but there have not been any other developments.
He did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s inquiries on Monday morning but police say he has been cooperative throughout the investigation.
‘[He] has been very cooperative from the onset. Understandably, he’s upset.
‘He has someone he was in an intimate relationship with and two children that by all accounts he cared for [who] have all passed in a very violent fashion.
‘I can tell you with regard to the information that we have that he was at another location, we’re still investigating that,’ Sheriff Salazar said.
Now, friends of the mother-of-three tell DailyMail.com that she too must have been killed and her grieving relatives are begging for answers.
‘Nichol was a loving mother who cared deeply for her children.
‘They were her entire world, and there was nothing she was more proud of than her kids.
London (shown left on New Year’s Eve) and Alexa have different fathers. Alexa’s father said her death had destroyed his life. London’s father is yet to comment
‘Everyone close to Nichol knows that she put her children above all, loved them with all her heart, and there’s no possible way Nichol would ever hurt her children,’ the friend, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
They added that she was preparing to enter London, who was in the fifth grade, in America’s Got Talent when they were both killed.
‘Nichol was a very caring woman, had so much love in her heart, and too much to live for to ever hurt anyone including herself.
‘We pray that whoever did this will be brought to justice soon,’ they said.
Others, including Alexa’s grieving father, have told how she was a loving mother who would never have brought harm to her children.
One friend said: ‘She was an amazing mother who guarded her children like a hawk.
The couple, shown above during a recent trip to San Diego, appeared happy on social media. Wheeler owns an oil rigging and maintenance business
‘There was nothing she wouldn’t of done for her children…I hope we get justice very soon for this horrible crime & they catch this monster who took life from you and your beautiful girls.’
Another wrote on Facebook: ‘She was so beautiful. She would never hurt herself or her girls. Domestic violence is real.’
Olsen’s loved ones who do not believe she took her own life are killing her children have started a GoFundMe page titled ‘Searching for the truth.’ The goal of the campaign is to raise $50,000 to get to the bottom of what happened. As of Friday morning, more than $14,600 has been raised.
Carlos Montez, Nichol’s estranged husband, said they had a good relationship for the sake of their daughter.
‘I remember the day I met Nichol Olsen. We were both so young that we rushed into marriage thinking we had it all figured out.
‘…We tried as best we could to keep things together but life gets messy every now and then.
‘Through our differences and divorce we both agreed on what was best for our daughter. Nothing ever changed from then on.
‘My mother and sister loved Nichol and she never kept Alexa from us and vice versa.
‘We always did what was best for our baby,’ he said.
Before their marriage, she was briefly married to James William Nobles. The pair have 22-year-old son together.
A family friend has launched an online campaign in London Bribiescas’s memory seeking to raise money to upgrade the monkey enclosure at the Austin Zoo because the 10-year-old loved the animals
She did not marry London’s father, Hector Bribiescas. He has not commented publicly since his daughter’s death.
The younger sister, described as bubbly and creative, was supposed to try out for the televised talent competition America’s Got Talent the day after the incident.
A family friend has launched an online campaign in London Bribiescas’s memory seeking to raise $20,000 to upgrade the monkey enclosure at the Austin Zoo because the 10-year-old loved the animals.
The woman who created the campaign wrote movingly about her final encounter with London a short time before her death.
‘London spent New Year’s and the week before her death with my family in Austin, Texas. During this visit, we went to the Austin Zoo. She could not stop talking about the monkeys. All she wanted to see were the monkeys.
‘While there, I shared with her that we were planning to do some sort of addition to the tortoise exhibit, as a memorial to her great- grandmother, who passed away a few months ago, and loved tortoises…In passing, she said, ‘When I die, can you do that for the monkeys for me? They need a bigger cage.’… She was 10, so of course I jokingly told her that she would outlive me, and that she should let her future kids know this, so they can do it for her.
‘We then laughed about how old I was, and I honestly didn’t think about this conversation much, until after we heard the news that she was gone…’