A Texas woman and two girls were found dead inside a lavish mansion on Thursday night, inside a gated community northwest of San Antonio.
San Antonio Express-News reports that Nichol Leila Olsen, 37, and two teen girls were found deceased in a sprawling mansion in the Anaqua Springs Ranch community, close to Boerne, around 25 miles northwest of San Antonio. According to the Bexar County Police Department, a man identified as Charles Wheeler, said to be living in the home with Olsen, called 911 after he said he discovered the victims.
Sheriff Javier Salazar confirmed that all three victims were shot to death. He indicated that the teens were likely murdered, but declined to comment on whether Olsen died from homicide or suicide. Friends reacting to the ordeal said they didn’t believe Olsen, a state-licensed cosmetologist, would take her own life.
The shooting deaths of three people at a home in the gated Anaqua Springs Ranch community near #Boerne remain under investigation by #Bexar County sheriff's officials tonight. @mySA @ExpressNews @calebjdowns https://t.co/QJzGzqHHzs
— Peggy O'Hare (@Peggy_OHare) January 11, 2019
“I just can’t see that she would do that to herself or her children because they were everything to her,” Cathy Muñiz, a former client of Olsen, told the outlet.
Salazar said, however, that her cause of death would have to be determined by a medical examiner.
The sheriff also stated that Wheeler did not spend night at home when the incident occurred, and it’s too early to determine if he’s considered a suspect.
“It’s way too early to tell who’s a suspect and who’s a witness…..We’re hoping as this investigation unfolds it will be able to shed more light on not only what was going on last night, but also what may have happened this morning.”
On Thursday night, investigators towed a 2013 Ford pickup truck from the residence, which sits on 2.7 acres of land in the affluent and normally quiet Anaqua Springs neighborhood. The pickup truck apparently belonged to the homeowner. According to court records, the home was rented and occupied by Wheeler, Olsen, and her teen daughters, whose names have not yet been released.
Neighbors didn’t report hearing any gunshots in the area on Thursday, but the sheriff said the homes in the neighborhood are expansive and “well-constructed,” meaning it’s quite likely that neighbors would not have heard gunshots.
“They’re multimillion dollar homes, very big lots and the homes are probably very well constructed,” Salazar said. “So it’s quite possible nobody heard anything.”
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
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