A Mum, Grandma and three young children have been found dead in a Perth home. The man accused of their murder reportedly stayed in the house for days before handing himself in.
Detectives made the horrific discovery while visiting the house in Bedford, Perth, after a man in his 20s attended a police station hundreds of kilometres away.
The bodies found inside were twin girls, aged two, another girl, aged three-and-a-half, and their mother and grandmother.
‘The man currently assisting police remains in custody, no charges have been laid at this time,’ police said. It is believed the man was known to the victims, although this has yet to be confirmed.
Police have not said how the women and children died, and it’s still to be determined how long the bodies had been there.
Homicide detectives and specialist forensic police will on Monday continue to comb the home for evidence and clues to what happened after the shocking discovery on Sunday.
‘Depending on the size of that crime scene that will take a period of time, and it could be a number of days,’ Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Region Paul Steel said.
‘It is a tragic thing when incidents like this occur. It does send a ripple through the community of Western Australia.’
The man accused of massacring his family in Perth stayed in the home for several days after the killings, police allege.
Anthony Harvey, 24, has been charged with murdering his wife and their three children on September 3, six days before the bodies were found.
Perth Magistrates Court heard via video link yesterday that he is accused of murdering his mother-in-law the following day.
He is accused of killing Mara Harvey, 42, their three-year-old daughter Charlotte, twin two-year-old girls Alice and Beatrix and Ms Harvey’s mother Beverley Quinn, 74.
Mr Harvey was remanded in custody to appear again in court on September 19.
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson confirmed several weapons were recovered from the home including knives and a blunt instrument.
Mr Harvey allegedly left the home to travel north before handing himself in at the police station in Pannawonica, about 16 hours’ drive away.
STATEMENT FROM THE VICTIMS’ FAMILY:
“We would firstly like to thank everyone for their help, support and kind wishes during this extremely dark and difficult time.
There are no words to explain the emptiness and loss that we feeling.
Beverley was a kind hearted, caring mother and grandmother and was always there for her family.
She was very much family orientated and she loved her daughters and grandchildren, and would have done anything for them.
Mara loved being a mum and she loved her girls.
She was so proud of each of them and was doing a great job of raising them. Her girls were her world.
Charlotte was an energetic, bubbly confident little girl who loved people and loved socialising.
Alice was outgoing, adventurous and cheeky, while Beatrix was at times a little bit more quiet but gave the biggest hugs.
This world is a sadder place with the loss of these five beautiful people but Heaven has gained five new angels.
Further details to come….
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