SAN ANTONIO – It’s a local case that’s getting worldwide attention: the shooting deaths of a mother and her two young daughters near Boerne.
The Bexar County Sheriff is now calling the mom’s boyfriend a “person of interest,” but not a suspect.
Nichol Olsen and her two young daughters Alexa and London were found shot to death January 10 in their luxury home.
The Medical Examiner called the girls’ deaths homicides and Nichol’s death a suicide.
Friend after friend sprang to her defense, saying the girls were her whole world and Nichol would never harm them.
"There's no way she would ever do this to her daughters - and not to herself,” friend Jaclyn Galbraith told us earlier this week.
"I think there's so many things in this that don't add up,” friend Aaron Seaman also said earlier this week.
It’s been about a week since the deaths. For people close to the family, that’s an eternity. They want answers.
"Social media's come into play in this case like no other I've ever seen,” Sheriff Javier Salazar said Friday.
He knows many people are pointing fingers at Nichol’s boyfriend, Charlie Wheeler, who owns the home and found the bodies.
"Charlie Wheeler is a person of interest in this case. Now, he's not a suspect in this case. Not at this point,” Sheriff Salazar said.
Not a suspect, the Sheriff emphasizes, but someone with information detectives need to know. We asked the Sheriff about reports the couple had been fighting.
"I believe there was at least some discord the night before,” Sheriff Salazar said. “Now, that doesn't mean we can infer anything from that. As a matter of fact, it would be irresponsible of us to infer anything."
Wheeler has hired an attorney. We’ve reached out to the attorney and his law partners but have not heard back. The Sheriff notes Wheeler has cooperated with the investigation.
Sheriff Salazar says he’s nowhere near ready to say definitively what really happened. Detectives are waiting on key pieces of evidence like DNA results, fingerprint tests and blood splatter analysis.
"We're doing everything in our power to leave no stone unturned,” the Sheriff says.
By EMILY BAUCUM