Break in SW Houston triple murder

October 25, 2008 5:16:33 PM PDT
The boyfriend of a woman who was found dead with her two children is facing capital murder charges. Police say their person of interest, Garland Harper, returned to the scene of the crime at 10555 Turtlewood Drive last night and admitted that he had killed 38-year-old Triska Rose and her two daughters. The girls were ages 15 and 7.

The victims were found with their hands bound with cord. Investigators say they may have been strangled.

Harper has a criminal history, including robbery and theft.

Rose was a daycare worker and had lived in the apartment for several years.

After the family didn't show up to work and school, friends and family asked Houston police to perform what's called a welfare check.

"There didn't appear to be any signs of foul play, no forced entry into the apartment, no blood outside the apartment," said Sgt. Colin Howard with HPD. "So there was not much an officer could do at that point."

It was likely the family was already dead inside. Family members broke through the door later in the day and found the victims.

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