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Representation. Charles County Sheriff's office investigating quadruple murder-suicide case in Maryland. tevenet/Pixabay


  • Five people were found dead inside a La Plata, Maryland, home Friday
  • One of the victims' ex-boyfriend allegedly killed her and three others before shooting and killing himself, police say
  • Neighbors claimed they saw physical arguments between the woman and her boyfriend in the past

Five people were found dead in a Maryland home in what police said was a quadruple murder-suicide.

The homeowner discovered his family dead in his home in La Plata, Maryland, when he returned from work Friday, ABC News reported.

Officers with the Charles County Sheriff's Office responded to the house Friday and found the homeowner at the front door.

When officers checked the residence, they found the lifeless bodies of two women and three men. Authorities said the deceased had trauma to their bodies.

Police identified one of the deceased, 28-year-old Andre Sales, as the suspect following a preliminary investigation.

Police said they believe Sales entered the house and killed his ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Sara Mann; her brother, 18-year-old Kai Mann; their mother, 48-year-old Sommaly Mann; and another man who was inside, 23-year-old Javon Watson. It is unclear how Watson, of White Plains, was related to the family.

Sales, who resided at a different residence, then shot and killed himself, according to authorities. A gun was recovered at the scene by investigators.

Two children, who were initially unaccounted for, were found a short time later safe and unharmed at a different location, ABC 7 News reported. The kids' relationship with the victims or the suspect was not disclosed.

"It's not something you would think of...you don't think it's going to happen anywhere..." Chief Carl Schinner of the La Plata Police Department said during a press conference Friday night, according to 7 News.

Neighbors told 7 News that the residence was home to a family of four and that police have been called to the house several times.

The neighbors claimed that they have seen physical arguments between the homeowner's daughter and her boyfriend in the past. There have also allegedly been fights between the homeowner and the boyfriend.

Autopsies will be performed by the Officer of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to determine the exact cause of death of each individual. The case remains under investigation as of this writing.

Authorities are seeking the help of the public for information related to the case. Those with information or leads are encouraged to call Detective Bringley at 301-609-6499. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day.

Representation. A homeowner in Maryland came home to find five dead bodies in his home in a quadruple-murder case. Pixabay