A family of four, including two children with “significant disabilities”, has been found dead in a home in Sydney’s north, in what police have described as a “tragic” and “horrific” event.
Officers attended the home on Sir Thomas Mitchell Drive at Davidson about 11:20am today following reports concerning the occupants’ welfare.
Northern Beaches Police Superintendent Dave Darcy said officers found a 43-year-old female, a 44-year-old male, a 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl dead at the home.
The family has been identified as Columbian nationals Maria Claudia Lutz and Fernando Manrique, and their children Elisa and Martin.
Superintendent Darcy said “a large dog” was also found dead at the house.
Superintendent Darcy described the incident as a “tragic” and “horrific thing”. He said “both children suffer a significant disability”.
The ABC understands the children had autism.
“It’s extremely confronting, the officers — we consistently have these concern for welfare cases, and unfortunately in some cases this is what the police are confronted with,” Superintendent Darcy said.
“We have now commenced a thorough investigation, homicide squad are here with us, forensic services group are here.
“And we’re gradually working our way through a very tragic circumstance to get to the bottom of it.”
He said neither of the adults were known to police.
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Superintendent Darcy said the situation was “very serious”.
“Two young children have died, two adults have died, I just want to keep this investigation … untainted so our investigators can clearly and concisely get the information they need to come to the truth of what’s happened,” he said.
“Since coming to Australia they’ve made a significant contribution to how we live, they’ve done a fantastic job.”