Scary ‘murder-suicide’ twist after mother and two children are found dead in a burnt-out car in Perth
- Mother and two children die in a car burn in Coogee, Perth
- Police were called at 11.45 a.m. to the John Graham Reserve where the vehicle was found.
- Witnesses said they heard gunshots just before the car caught fire
- Anyone with footage in the area at noon is urged to contact crime stoppers
Police suspect a mother killed herself before killing her two children after a body was found in the back seat of a burnt-out car near a popular family park.
Firefighters were called after a car fire was reported at 11.45 a.m. Monday at the John Graham Reserve in the southern suburb of Perth.
After the red hatchback was doused, the police found the body of a boy, 8, of a girl. 10. And his mother’s age is under 40.
Police said on Tuesday they thought it was ‘unlikely’ that a third party was involved in the deaths in what is now being treated as a tragic murder-suicide.
Detectives have not ruled out other options outright, but said it is ‘very, very unlikely that there will be a third party involved’.
The bodies of a mother and her two children were found inside a burnt-out car. After the red hatchback was extinguished, the police made a horrifying disclosure
Police were called around Monday afternoon at the John Graham Reserve, where the burned-out vehicle was discovered and photographs covered in tarps were taken.
The children’s father is understood to have left for a trip to the US on Sunday and is now on his way home after receiving the heart-wrenching news.
Police said family relations were ‘normal, happy and healthy’.
“Father is in shock,” said Major Crime Division Detective-Inspector Quentin Flatman. ‘If it can get worse, that poor man will have to get on the plane alone.’
It is being told that someone had set fire inside the car.
Mother and children were last seen alive at Canning Vale in Perth, less than an hour before firefighters arrived at the scene of the horrific tragedy.
Debt Inspector Flatman said, ‘Any untimely death is absolutely tragic.’ ‘Even more when we include children.’
Shocked eyewitnesses said they heard gunshots just before the car caught fire, before learning of the horrific discovery.
One person said, “I thought this car was on fire, I didn’t know if there was a dead body or someone was inside.”
Another person said: ‘I saw that there were really big flames burning and then suddenly there was a big sound and the flames got even louder.’
A person present in the area at the time of the incident said that he heard gunshots.
‘Four shots. Gunshots were heard. Then there was a pause and then maybe three more shots… then I started waiting [and heard] Maybe another five, then the car started burning,’ he told 10 News.
Photos taken from the scene show a large police presence, with the car covered with wire.
It has been confirmed that a boy and a girl were found with their mother inside the car.
Arson squad and homicide detectives have been called to investigate the incident.
It is believed that the victims were found in the back seat of the car and the police are still in the process of identifying them and informing the family members. West Australian Report.
An arson squad has also been called in to assist in the investigation and the vehicle is expected to be taken to undergo forensic analysis.
Detectives will explore several lines of inquiry, including whether it was a homicide suicide, if a third party was involved, or if their death was the result of an accident.
Police have urged anyone in the area to contact crime stoppers between 11 am and 12 noon.
Police have urged anyone with dashcam footage to contact crime stoppers in the John Graham Reserve (above) area between 11 a.m. and 12 noon.