ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police say they have found the bodies of a family of five in what appears to be a murder suicide.
The gruesome discovery was made Tuesday afternoon during a wellness check in Lake Nona’s East Park neighborhood.
“I think it’s really like a worst nightmare,” said Heather Collins, a neighbor.
Police said they found the bodies of three adults and two children, all killed in an apparent murder suicide.
“I don’t even know what exactly happened because it’s just absolutely horrible. My heart goes out to the family. I can’t imagine that at all, especially if there were kids involved,” Collins said.
Collins and her fiancé Justin Rossilini live across the street from the affected family.
“They seemed like a normal family. I saw the father, saw the mother, saw the son and they had two little girls,” Rossilini said.
Rossilini said the family, a middle-aged couple, their adult son and their two young girls, only moved into the home a few months ago. He hadn’t heard or seen anything for several days before police arrived.
“As I was about to leave, there was an officer who looked through the car window and asked me if I had seen her today, I said no, I hadn’t actually seen her for a few days. The last time I saw them was 5 days ago when they were checking the mail,” Rossilini said.
“I haven’t heard anything, I wish I had because I certainly would have liked to have been the concerned neighbor to do something about the situation,” Collins said.
Members of the surrounding community were visibly shaken.
Jenny Conliffe wiped tears from her face as she learned of the tragedy.
“I’m a nurse so I don’t know her, but we’re very close here. We have no crimes. We don’t have burglaries, we don’t have anything,” Conliffe said.
Neighbors said the situation was like a nightmare.
Police will not release the family’s identity until the next of kin have been notified.
Investigators also have not released any information about what led to the apparent murder-suicide.
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