Three people including a child were found dead early Tuesday at a home in Austin, Texas, as the city’s homicide rate continues to break new records, KXAN-TV reports.
A family member who was concerned about a relative they had not heard from contacted authorities at 11:13 p.m. Monday, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Police went to the relative’s home in the southeast part of the city on Abby Ann Lane near Old Lockhart Road.
When officers got no answer at the door, they looked inside through the windows and saw someone lying on the floor. Officers then entered the home and found two adults and one child deceased, KVUE-TV reports.
Investigators have called the case a homicide investigation. At 12:32 a.m., the Austin Police Department tweeted: “APD officers are currently working a homicide investigation in the 5800 Block of Abby Ann Ln. PIO will be responding; update to come with briefing time.”
APD officers are currently working a homicide investigation in the 5800 Block of Abby Ann Ln. PIO will be responding; update to come with briefing time. Media please stage at the intersection of Zachary Scott and Deer Chase Trail. – PIO8
— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) October 19, 2021
There is no word yet if all three individuals are related or how they died. The age of the child also has not been released publicly.
The home is in a residential area and there were many vehicles parked in the vicinity, according to KXAN-TV.
A reporter for KXAN-TV said on air that they observed numerous police officers entering and exiting the home and that the medical examiner was spotted at the scene.
There does not appear to be an ongoing threat to the public, according to the American-Statesman.
The city of Austin has already had a record-breaking number of homicides in 2021; there have been at least 67 homicides this year, not counting these latest deaths. The city has not seen so many homicides since 1984 when there were 59 cases.
To report information about this case, call the Austin Police Department at 512-477-3588 or submit tips to CrimeStoppers at 512-472-8477.
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