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Suburban mystery: Family of four found dead in Virginia home

September 26, 2012|By Michael Muskal

Police are investigating the deaths of a family of four in Herndon, Va., but have ruled out any threat to other members of the community, Fairfax County police said on Wednesday.

The four bodies -- two parents and two school-age children -- were taken to the medical examiner’s office for autopsies, police officials said. The cause of death is being withheld pending the completion of the autopsies.

Fairfax County police responded to a friend’s call to check the home in Point Rider Lane shortly after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Co-workers were concerned that the resident had not reported for work for two days, police said.

Police said they entered the home shortly after noon and found the four bodies of the family that resides at that address.

The incident is being investigated as “suspicious deaths,” meaning that force or violence seemed to be involved. However, police said, they are not looking for any suspects in the case, implying the case could be a family murder-suicide situation.

A candlelight vigil will be held for the family at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the family's church, Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon.

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