- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Family members of three people found dead inside their southwest Idaho home in the Boise foothills earlier this month say they’re “devastated and filled with a sadness deeper than any words may express.”

The family made the statement Wednesday afternoon just before a funeral Mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Student Center on the Boise State University campus.

Police on March 10 found 80-year-old Theodore M. Welp, 77-year-old Delores Elaine Welp and their son, 52-year-old Thomas P. Welp dead in the home.

Theodore Welp is a former Arizona power company executive.

James Nesci, son-in-law of the Welps, read the statement that called the killings a tragedy the family would never be able to comprehend.

“Today, we honor Ted’s optimism and spirit, Elaine’s nurturing ways, and Tom’s enthusiasm for life,” Nesci said. “We miss them very much, but recognize that they would want us to continue on, as they would, loving, living and giving.”

The family also thanked local authorities, who a day after the killings were discovered arrested 22-year-old Adam M. Dees of Nampa.

Prosecutors said that when Dees was arrested he had credit cards belonging to one or more of the victims, used them at various stores and forged the names of the victims. Prosecutors said workers at the stores identified Dees.

He’s charged with three counts of grand theft, three counts of forgery and a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. Prosecutors said a 9 mm handgun was found tucked into Dees’ waistband, but they didn’t disclose whether it was linked to the killings.

Dees is not charged with murder. However, Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney two days after Dees’ arrest said there was no threat to the community.

Dees is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning for a hearing where a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to have him bound over for trial.

Dees is being held in the Ada County Jail on $2 million bail.

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