Three found dead in Ventura County home; sheriff’s investigation underway

Three people found in oak park home

A father and his two adult daughters were found dead in their Ventura County home on Thursday, authorities said; the cause of death is still under investigation.

The three were found at their home in the 5200 block of Evanwood Avenue in Oak Park in the southeast part of the county, according to Cmdr. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators are waiting for the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.

A relative who had not heard from the father and his daughters made the discovery, Buschow said. There were no signs of forced entry into the home or obvious signs of trauma to the three people, he said.


On Friday evening, the Ventura County coroner’s office identified the deceased as Philip Ramirez, 87; Diane Ramirez, 58; and Susan Ramirez, 49. The next of kin have been notified, Buschow said.

Deputies arrived at the home shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday. The deputies who first entered the home wore special breathing apparatuses in case of a possible environmental hazard, Buschow said.

“The house was secure. Right now, we just don’t know,” he said. “It may have been environmental or it might have been possibly due to carbon monoxide. We’ll have to wait to hear on the official cause.”