In the Media
When she turned 18, she used social media to track down her biological parents. After making contact with them, she moved to their home just west of Richmond, Virginia, in August 2016 and began to live with her biological parents and their two other children.  
Steven Pladl allegedly told his other children to call Katie Pladl their step-mom. The wife called Steven and asked him if he had impregnated their adult biological daughter. Steven Pladl told his wife he was the father of Katie’s child and that they planned to marry.  
On April 12, 2018, police in Knightdale, N.C. responded to a home at around 9:00 a.m. where Steven Plad and Katie were living when they were arrested on incest charges in January 2018. 
About 20 minutes earlier, 600 miles north in New Milford, Conn., police responded to a report of a shooting and found Steven and Katie dead in a pickup truck with New York plates, the victims of a double homicide.