In Australia Shooting, Kids' Bodies Found in Shed They Lived In

Police confirm victims' identities
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2018 6:12 AM CDT
A property is seen from a police roadblock where police are investigating the death of seven people in a suspected murder-suicide in Osmington, 162 miles southwest of Perth, Friday, May 11, 2018.   (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)

(Newser) – A day after Australia experienced its worst shooting since 1996, police confirmed the identities of the victims found at Forever Dreaming Farm in Osmington: Cynda and Peter Miles; their daughter, Katrina Miles; and her four children, two boys and two girls who ranged from ages 8 to 13. The New York Times cites Western Australia Police Commissioner Chris Dawson as saying six were homicide victims and there is no search for suspects, which the Times interprets as the deaths being a case of murder-suicide.

The bodies of the four children—who were reportedly on the autism spectrum and all home-schooled—and one of the adult women were found in a converted shed on the property where Katrina and her children lived, reports the BBC. They reportedly moved there following what news.com.au calls Katrina's "acrimonious split" from the children's father. "Police have spoken to the children's father, he's understandably grieving and we're providing as much support as we can," Dawson said, per ABC. Peter, 61, had three rifles, which police have retrieved.

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