Police in Ohio broke into a garage Monday afternoon and found five people dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning.
According to the Toledo Blade, Randy Ford of Toledo called police Monday to say that he had returned home and found suspicious notes in the house from his wife, son, and grandkids.
Mr. Ford went on to say he became “concerned” and tried to find his family and then realized the garage door was locked and “barricaded” from the inside.
Upon their arrival, authorities used a sledgehammer to gain entry into the garage and discovered the five victims — identified as Sandy Ford, 54; her son Andy Ford, 32; and her grandchildren, ages 10, 6, and 5 — dead inside.
Investigators say a hose had been run from the exhaust pipe of a pick-up truck into the window of the car in which the bodies were found.
“Nobody wants to see five dead people. It’s a very unpleasant scene,” Toledo Police Sergeant Joe Heffernan told local television station WNWO.
The Blade notes that Sandy Ford was the primary caregiver for the three children; Andy Ford also lived at the home, neighbors said. The children’s parents are Christopher Hayes, 38, and Mandy Hayes, 35, of Sylvania.
Sergeant Heffernan said the parents were in the process of getting full custody, and police believe that was the motive for the alleged murders and suicides.
He said carbon monoxide poisoning was suspected as the cause of the deaths.
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