Ex-Meta employee identified as suspect in San Mateo family murder-suicide


Alice Benziger and Anand Henry on a Facebook post from Dec. 17, 2020 by Benziger.

Alice Benziger and Anand Henry on a Facebook post from Dec. 17, 2020 by Benziger. (Alice Benziger via Facebook)

A former Meta employee is suspected of killing his wife and twin sons before turning a gun on himself in a gruesome murder-suicide in San Mateo, police said Thursday.

Anand Henry, 37, and his wife, Alice Benziger, 36, were found dead in the bathroom of their home on the 4100 block of Alameda de las Pulgas Monday morning, according to the San Mateo Police Department. A 9mm handgun registered to Henry was lying on the bathroom floor by their bodies.

“Our investigation shows Benziger succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, while Henry suffered from a single shot,” police said in a statement.

The twin boys, meanwhile, did not die from gunfire. They showed no signs of trauma, and authorities have not yet determined their cause of death.

Police allege that Henry was responsible for all four deaths.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Henry used to work at Meta as a software engineer and before that for Google in a similar role. Meta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He was working in artificial intelligence at the time of his death, according to his profile. Benziger worked for Zillow as a data scientist, according to her profile on LinkedIn.

The couple both attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Police said there was no history of violence at the home — the only time they came to the house was when the family reported seeing a mountain lion in the backyard.

But when people who knew the family could not get in contact with them over the weekend, police responded to the scene to do a wellness check, according to the department.

The suspected murder-suicide is believed to have occurred Saturday afternoon, the police said.

“Our investigation into the motive for this tragedy continues. While we can’t undo this horrific incident, we would like to share with our community both domestic violence and mental health resources, because there is help and/or assistance out there, and something like this does not need to happen again,” the department said.

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