Two women and a teenage girl were found inside a Southern California home Monday in one of the nation’s wealthiest communities after authorities responded to a report of child abuse.
San Diego County deputies answering the 911 call went to the Rancho Santa Fe home at around noon and spotted one woman’s body through a window, sheriff’s Lt. Kenn Nelson said.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Nelson said a friend of one of the victims called police about a possible child abuse incident. Upon seeing the woman’s body in the window, deputies forced their way inside through a side door and found the bodies of another woman and the teen.
All three had "obvious signs of trauma," Nelson said. He declined to say whether they were shot, stabbed or beaten.
UPDATE: Two women in the 40s, and a teenager found dead in a Rancho Santa Fe home. pic.twitter.com/C7b5NOG37n— FOX 5 San Diego (@fox5sandiego) June 27, 2016
“Any time you have a person who dies at the hands of another, it's a tragic situation,” Nelson said. “Now you have three individuals inside this house, and one of them is a juvenile. It makes it that much more worse than is anticipated. It’s burdensome for family and first responders who have to see this.”
Nelson said at least one of the victims lived in the house. The identities of the women and the teenager were not immediately released. Nelson said investigators were trying to determine their relationship and motive for the deaths.
Authorities stopped short of labeling the case a murder-suicide, but said they weren’t searching for any suspects.
Rancho Santa Fe is an unincorporated county area about 25 miles north of San Diego, in the mountains east of Pacific beach communities. The home is near a country club and the center of the community, which is known for its palatial homes, sprawling lawns and horse pastures.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.