Almost 48 hours on from the tragic discovery of a young Sydney family found dead in their home, police have begun dismantling a sophisticated network of roof pipes believed to have been installed by father Fernando Manriques.
The pipes were installed, police believe, to turn the family’s home into a gas chamber.
Manriques and Lutz. Source: Facebook.
Discovered on Monday, the Sydney suburb of Davidson has been left rocked by the loss of Maria Lutz, 43, Fernando Manriques, 44, and their two young children Elisa, 11, and Martin, 10, and the family dog, who were all discovered dead inside their home on Monday.
There were reportedly no signs of violence, but according to The Daily Telegraph, a police source has indicated that numerous gas bottles were placed around the home.
Ms Lutz’s body was reportedly found alongside that of one of her children, while those of her husband and other child were discovered in separate rooms of the house.
Fernando Manriques with Elisa. Source: Facebook.
Now as police continue their investigation, crucial information from neighbours has come to light.
According to Ofik Thomassian, a neighbour who lived directly across from the family, Manriques spent the weekend on his roof working on a major home project.
“He was right up on the roof replacing tiles and using power tools of sorts,” Thomassian told news.com.au.
“He was cutting and banging and making all sorts of noise and pulling up tiles but I don’t really know what he was doing.”
A number of other neighbours have corroborated Thomassian's account of Manriques' weekend activities, reporting they saw him on the roof with power tools.
What it was he was creating, though, none of them could have known.