Man, twin daughters found dead at Hanover VA home www.privateofficer.com
Hanover County VA Jan 30 2012 A 40-year-old man and his 3-year-old twin daughters were found dead in their Mechanicsville home by Hanover County deputies Saturday after the department responded to a call about suspicious deaths at the residence.
At 3:36 p.m., the sheriff’s office received an emergency call about the home off Mechanicsville Turnpike near Lee-Davis High School. When officers arrived, they found the man and the girls dead, said Sgt. Chris Whitley, a spokesman for the department.
Whitley did not reveal the cause of death and did not immediately release the names of the victims. He said the county medical examiner was investigating and that the names were being withheld pending notification of family.
The deaths were being investigated as suspicious, but Whitley said there was no danger to the public and that no suspect was being sought.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the childrens’ mother lived in the home in the 7900 block of Wynbrook Lane, Whitley said.
“Investigators are collecting and evaluating evidence in an effort to determine the sequence of events that led up to this tragic incident,” Whitley said in a statement. “Preliminary investigation indicates that there are no suspects at large in this case. Upon making proper notification to the next-of-kin, the deceased’s names will be released.
“This is truly a tragic incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased,” he said.
Sheriff’s personnel were working at the scene for more than seven hours after the initial call. About 10 p.m., two unmarked black vans pulled into the gravel driveway of the brick, ranch-style house. Stretchers were taken out at 10:11 p.m. and 10:19 p.m. The vans pulled away at 10:23 p.m. After the vans left, deputies stayed behind to secure the home.
A forensics team appeared to be working just inside the front door of the home after 9 p.m., with a steady flash from a camera visible through the glass on the door. At least two of the home’s windows were broken.
The deaths come in a county that has seen two young people slain in little more than a month. All of the deaths, though unrelated, have been in the same vicinity.
In December, Lee-Davis student Jyreffe Clark died in what is being termed an accidental shooting. Last week, Atlee student Brett Wells was shot to death in an alleged drug deal that officers said turned into a robbery.
“They’re all unrelated, but it’s been a tough month,” said Whitley.
Source:Richmond Times Dispatch