Three dead in apparent double murder-suicide

March 1, 2009 8:06:22 AM PST
Three people have been found dead at a house in Longview in what police are investigating as a double murder and a suicide. A police statement Saturday afternoon said the cause of death is pending, but it appeared all three had been shot. Autopsies have been ordered.

Sgt. Ben Kemper says a call Saturday morning about the welfare of the residents led to the discovery of the bodies of two males and a female. All three were adults.

Kemper told The Associated Press that neighbors noticed that newspapers had been piling up in the front yard since Thursday.

Officers found no signs of a break-in. A handgun was near one of the bodies.

Names of the victims were not immediately released. Police declined to say if the three were related.

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