Police say family of 4 found dead in California

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Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 5:03 PM

TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — Police in Central California said on Friday they found a family of four dead inside a home in what appeared to be a murder-suicide.

Officers made the discovery at the home in Turlock around 10 p.m. Thursday after a family member called to report that the four had not been seen or heard from, Turlock police said.

The victims are a 78-year-old man, his 69-year-old wife, and their two adult sons, aged 39 and 42, Turlock police spokeswoman Mayra Lewis said. She said the bodies were found in various places in the house.

Lewis said a preliminary investigation has determined the four died in a murder-suicide, although it was not immediately clear how they died. She said the four had been dead at least 24 hours before the time they were found.

Police did not release their names. Police said there was no danger to the community.

The Modesto Bee reported (http://bit.ly/Tq7EnU ) that officials working in the home Friday were wearing gas masks and reported the smell of gas in the home.

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