Police suspect murder-suicide after a family of five in Florida were found dead in their home, according to reports.
On Tuesday around 1 p.m. police conducted a wellness check at a home in the East Park neighborhood of Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida, according to a Fox19 report.
The family was made up of three adults, two of them a couple, the other their adult son, as well as two children.
The identity and ages of the five have not yet been released by the police as they focus on contacting next of kin. The details regarding the causes of death and what led up to the apparent murder-suicide have also not been released by the police.
Neighbors of the family spoke to Fox19 and expressed their surprise and sorrow at hearing the news.
“I think it’s like a worst nightmare, truly. I don’t even know what happened exactly,” neighbor Heather Collins said.
“This is just absolutely terrible. My heart goes out to the family. I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around any of this.
“I didn’t hear anything, I wish I did because I definitely would have liked to have been that concerned neighbor that did something in this situation.
“Just this sickening sadness…It’s a nightmare. I don’t understand how anybody receives an end like that.”
Collins’ fiancé, Justin Rossilini, said that prior to the discovery of the bodies, he spoke to a police officer.
“When I went to leave, there was an officer who was looking through the car window and asked me if I’d seen them [the family] today,” he said.
“I said, ‘No, I haven’t seen them for a few days actually. Last time I saw them was about five days ago when they were checking the mail.'”
Speaking to Spectrum News 13, Rossilini said he did not believe the deaths had occurred very recently and reiterated he had not heard anything.
“There’s no way this happened today [Tuesday], we have been home all day,” he said. “There is no way this happened yesterday—we were home all day yesterday, there’s no way this happened yesterday.
“I think it happened Sunday night, like in the middle of the night, because I didn’t hear anything.”
Newsweek has contacted the Orlando Police Department for comment.
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