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Authorities searched a St. Louis-area home Sunday for clues to why a doctor killed his two young sons by throwing them over a Miami Beach hotel balcony and them jumped to his own death.
Edward Van Dyk, a radiation oncologist at Alton Memorial Hospital, did not suffer from depression and was not on any sort of medication, Hernandez said.
The Van Dyks had had marital problems over the past six months, police said. But their relationship had improved, and the family was celebrating the couple's 10th wedding anniversary at the posh Loews Hotel in the South Beach neighborhood.
Edward Van Dyk became head of the hospital's cancer center 18 months ago after the family moved from New Mexico, where he had practiced at the New Mexico Cancer Center in Albuquerque, hospital officials said.
Qinuo Van Dyk, who remains in Miami Beach, has no relatives in the United States, but authorities were working to expedite a visa so her father could fly from China to join her. The director of Alton Memorial Hospital, who is also a family friend, was flying in Sunday, Hernandez said.
"She's going through the steps," he said. "Yesterday she was in the denial stage. Today she was already in the anger stage. She was already starting to talk about what a selfish husband she had."
Qinuo Van Dyk's life revolved around the two boys, a school official told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She home-schooled Carl and sent Spencer to Montessori Children's House of Godfrey, said Rod Connell, the head of the school.
Oebele Van Dyk, 86, said he talked to his son the day before Edward Van Dyk flew to Miami to be with his wife and two sons, who were already staying at the Loews Hotel where the incident occurred. The boys were 4 and 8-years-old.
"He was very distraught. I think he was seeing things that didn't seem to be real," Van Dyk told The Miami Herald on Sunday in a telephone interview from his home in New York.
Van Dyk described his son as a "peaceful guy," who "never, never fought" and said his son did not have any history of mental problems.