The bodies of a young family and their pet dog have been discovered in their home following an alleged murder-suicide.
Fernando Manrique, 44, was found alongside wife Maria Claudia Lutz, 43, and their two autistic children, Elisa, 11, and Martin, 10, at the property in Davidson, northern Sydney.
According to ABC news, police have confirmed that the deaths were a result of a murder-suicide.
A system running carbon monoxide from gas bottles into the property was reportedly found.
The bodies were discovered when staff at St Lucy’s Catholic School called police after the children did not turn up, and Ms Lutz did not arrive to run the canteen.
A police statement said that the family had no visible injuries and they were awaiting the results of toxicology reports to determine the exact cause of death.
A spokesperson said: ‘Whilst the cause of death will be a matter for the coroner to determine, police are looking at the possibility the family members died from the introduction of an airborne gas.
‘It is early days in the investigation and investigators will need to wait for toxicology results and results of the post-mortems to determine cause of death.
‘Forensic police continue to recover evidence from the home in Davidson.’
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