Southern California officers found three decomposing bodies inside an upscale home in a gated community in Irvine, according to local reports.
According to KTLA, officers with the Irvine Police Department arrived at 58 Riverboat at around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday Extended family members in Canada contacted local authorities after they couldn’t reach the family, prompting the gruesome discovery.
“Responding officers entered the home and discovered three severely decomposed bodies inside that appeared to be adults,” Irvine police said.
The deceased victims were reportedly family members, including a father, mother, and son. However, since the bodies were so badly decomposed, authorities couldn’t make a positive identification of any of the bodies.
Police said there was no forced entry at the home but there was evidence that suggested there was a possible murder-suicide. A handgun was discovered inside the residence, according to Irvine police Lt. Bill Bingham.
ABC 7 reports that Bingham indicated that the homeowners’ association typically takes care of the front lawns of the gated community’s homes, which explained why the family’s yard had been maintained.
“As I understand it, there’s a homeowners’ association that’s responsible for at least some of the lawn care and maintenance for the front of the homes,” Bill Bingham said. “Looking at the home at a glance it’s not immediately apparent that somebody hasn’t been in and out of the home for maybe up to a year.”
Law & Crime reports that the home in question is valued at $2.4 million.
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