Family of four children, two adults and two cats found dead in car at home
Four children, two adults and two cats have been found dead in a car near a house in the US.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the entire family – including an 11-month-old baby – was found dead in an SUV car in their garage.
Officers had begun to conduct a sweep of the house for explosives after finding a note on the front door suggesting the property was booby-trapped on Thursday afternoon.
It said there were bodies inside, urging anyone to avoid entering.
Chief McManus, speaking at the scene in Stone Oak on Thursday evening, said officers could smell what was later confirmed to be carbon monoxide.
All residents within a 150 yard radius were ordered to evacuate their homes, reports KSAT.
Police gained access to the garage and found the dead bodies in the evening, the chief continued.
“It’s not pretty, there’s no word to describe that,” he said.
A husband and wife in their 30s, as well as four children aged from 11 months to four years, and two cats in a basket, were all found dead inside the SUV.
The man is understood to have been a serviceman with the cryptic note containing military jargon.
Officers were originally called out for a welfare check because the man was supposed to ‘check in’ as he was working from home, reports News4SA.
The family moved into the home in January, it is reported.
The chief said the deaths appear to be suicide and that despite initial suspicions, there were no explosives inside the home.
The note contained military jargon and cryptic messaging which was interpreted as “bodies or people inside of the home, animals were in the freezer, and do not enter,” Chief McManus added.
Seven officers who originally responded to the call were medically checked out and cleared.
The police had used drones to enter and search the home, initially, before finding something which they believed at first was an explosive device.