KEY POINTS

  • Reno police found the family of four during a welfare check requested by relatives 
  • Police said they suspected the family was killed in an apparent murder-suicide
  • Police have asked anyone with information about the family that could help their investigation to come forward

Nevada police Thursday investigated an apparent murder-suicide in Reno involving a family of four that had not been in contact with relatives for days.

The bodies were found about 11 a.m. Wednesday. Police said they were trying to determine what prompted the deaths of the couple and their two children.

“We don't know what led up to this. We didn't have prior calls or anything like that,” Reno Police Sgt. John Silver told reporters. “We are still at the beginning stages. We need to determine exactly what happened. We're going to have to go through this whole house to make sure we cover all the bases and make sure our initial thoughts are accurate.”

Police are waiting until the Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office completes the autopsies to release the identities of the victims.

“I can confirm that two of the victims were juveniles and go to Damonte Ranch High School,” Officer Travis Warren told reporters.

Damonte Ranch High School issued a statement.

“Two of our students died following a domestic situation in their home,” Principal Darvel Bell said. “Reno Police are investigating the case, and because this is an active investigation, I am not able to share any more details with you now.”

Police said the incident appears to be isolated and there’s no standing threat to the community.

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