A man has been detained in connection with the deaths of four people whose bodies were found inside a Sacramento home Thursday morning, police said.
Police received a call about 7 a.m. from a relative asking officers to check the welfare of the victims, according to Sgt. Bryce Heinlein, a spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department. The relative had been unable to reach the victims, he said.
The relative also indicated “there were suspicious circumstances at the home” in the 1100 block of 35th Avenue, Officer Linda Matthews said.
When officers arrived at the house, no one came to the door, she said.
So officers broke in to the home and discovered the bodies, police said. Officials did not disclose how the people died, and no estimate was given for how long the bodies had been inside the house.
During the investigation, officers received information that led them to a man in San Francisco, Heinlein said.
The man’s identity was not released.
“We believe the victims were known to the suspect,” Matthews said.
“It doesn’t appear to be random act,” Heinlein said. “That should alleviate some of the fears in the area.”
Police still were working to identify the victims and determine what happened inside the home. Their ages, gender and relationship were unknown, he said.
Heinlein said the discovery will impact the community, the victims’ family and officers. Homicides are rare in the South Land Park neighborhood, about five miles south of downtown Sacramento, he said.
“It’s very traumatic,” Heinlein said.
1:55 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details about the crime scene.
This article was originally published at 11:45 a.m.