The Latest: Chicago police say 6 found dead might be family


CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on six people found dead in a house on Chicago’s South Side (all times local):

8 a.m.

Chicago police say the six people found dead in a home on the city’s South Side appear to be members of the same family.

Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy says investigators believe they know the victims’ identities. But he says authorities won’t release that information until a relative has formally identified them and an autopsy has been finished.

Roy told reporters Friday that there were no signs of gunfire at the scene and that the victims died of blunt force trauma. He added that officers found the home’s doors locked and there was no sign of a break-in.

Officers discovered the bodies Thursday, and police said the case was being treated as a multiple homicide.

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7:45 a.m.

Chicago police say two women, two men and two children aged 10 and 13 were found dead inside a home on the city’s South Side.

Chicago Police Chief of Detective Eugene Roy said Friday morning that the victims suffered blunt trauma. The bodies were found Thursday afternoon. Police initially said four men, a woman and a child were killed.

Roy says the victims’ identities will be released after the Cook County medical examiner performs autopsies Friday morning.

He says there was no sign of forced entry to the residence. He says the victims weren’t bound and that the home didn’t appear ransacked.

Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante said Thursday that the case appeared to be an isolated incident and that there was no wider threat to the community.

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1:30 a.m.

Chicago police are investigating what led to the deaths of four men, a woman and a child whose bodies were found inside a home on the city’s South Side.

Officers discovered the bodies Thursday, and police said the case was being treated as an apparent multiple homicide.

Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante told reporters the case appeared to be an isolated incident and there was no wider threat to the community. Asked whether it could have been a murder-suicide, he said it was “a possibility.”

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said later Thursday that police were “not yet” searching for suspects.

Escalante says the bodies were found with “signs of trauma.” He gave no further details.

No identities were immediately released. Escalante says it’s probable they were all family members.

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