Unknown factors may have contributed to the deaths of a family of five who were discovered dead in a horrifying scene inside a Phoenix house Wednesday morning.
At a press conference, Phoenix police Sgt. Melissa Soliz informed reporters that two adults and three children were dead “with apparent evidence of trauma.” The victims’ identities have not been made public.
The police have opened a homicide investigation.
But Soliz added, “We do not believe that a suspect is at large at this time.”
Local ABC affiliate KNXV claimed, citing sources, that police were looking into the case as a murder-suicide.
But Soliz refused to corroborate it.
We still need to take a closer look at that, she said. “At this time, we don’t feel comfortable saying it.”
A first 911 call was made just after 8 a.m., classified the scenario as a hazardous issue, and when first responders arrived, they smelled gas inside the house.
The local utility Southwest Gas stopped service to the property, and authorities ordered the evacuation of surrounding homes.
A hazmat team examined the house for several hours before it was deemed safe for a police inquiry in the early afternoon.
No leaks were discovered in the region, Southwest Gas stated in a statement to local media, adding that “all Southwest Gas infrastructure supplying the town is running without difficulty.”
Outside the house, a propane tank was shown to be cordoned off.
Soliz emphasized that the probe was just getting started.
She said that detectives would spend most of the day and evening analyzing this scene.