Huntingdale: Forensic pathologists fine-tune property for traces of father and children found dead

The quiet suburban street where two children and their father were found dead in a suspected double-suicide operation remained cordoned off Saturday morning while police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

Forensic scientists were combing the Essington Street property from the early hours to gather evidence that could potentially help explain how the children and their father died.

Officers and emergency services crowded the area just after 6:30 p.m. Friday after police received a call from a distressed family member.

The Western Australian understands that when they arrived, they found a girl and a boy of four and six years inside as well as their father. The children are believed to have been spotted in their beds.

Valet on site.
Camera iconValet on site. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The Western Australian

It is understood that their mother was on the scene while shocked neighbors watched in horror and disbelief.

A tent was erected just outside the home earlier Saturday and a body was removed from the house around 6:45 p.m.

A large part of the street, which has a basketball court, a school and a playground nearby, was still cordoned off at both ends with police tape.

Detectives from the homicide group said Friday night that the deaths were being treated as a suspected double-suicide.

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