SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN/AP) -- A family of six, including four children between the ages of 11 months and 4 years old, was found dead in the back of an SUV parked in the garage of a San Antonio home, authorities said Thursday night.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the smell of carbon dioxide was so strong when officers arrived Thursday that it “kind of blew everybody back out the door.” He said police had gone to the house for a welfare check requested by the husband’s employer, who had been unable to reach him.
The bodies of a husband, wife, four children and two cats were found in the garage of the home in the 100 block of Red Willow, McManus said. Police at one point suspected the house was potentially rigged with explosives but found none, McManus said.
McManus said there was evidence “it was not an accident,” and he did not suggest that anyone outside the family was involved. He said the parents were in their 30s but did not disclose their names. The family had military ties, he confirmed to reporters at a Thursday night briefing, but he would not say which branch.
The Houston Chronicle reports that on the front door was a “cryptic note” with military jargon, according to police. A member of the military helped police with a translation: “Bodies or people inside, do not enter. The animals are in the freezer.”