Family of 4 murdered in Catawba County

CONOVER, NC (WBTV) - A man whose wife and three children were found slain in their North Carolina home hasn't been able to eat since learning of their deaths on Thursday.

That's according to family friend Mai Cai who lives next door to the family in the Millstone community.

The friend says Brian Tzeo believes he has no reason to live since he learned his wife, two daughters and son were killed Thursday morning while he was working at International Paper in Statesville.

Some of the victims were found shot and some were stabbed to death in their home near Conover, about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte.

A witness told authorities she'd picked up the 17-year-old daughter for school, but returned to the home after telling her of seeing a suspicious man near the house.

When they returned, the teen opened the front door and was pulled into the house by the same unidentified man.

According to family members, the murder victims include Lisa Saephan and her children, 3-year-old Cody Saechao, 17-year-old Pauline Schao, and 20-year-old Melanie Saephan.

Authorities are still looking for the murder suspect.  He is described as a male of Asian or Hispanic descent.  They released a composite sketch of the suspect Friday afternoon.

He is in 30's to 40's.  He was last seen in a black or dark blue Toyota or Honda sedan with a partial plate "P-24."

The SBI is assisting the Catawba County Sheriff's Department with the investigation.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)