Robert Garza Sr was believed to have killed his 61-year-old
wife, Christine Garza, his daughter, 42-year-old Zoila Garza,
and granddaughter, Rebecca Garza, at a residence in Defiance
County, Sheriff Dave Westrick said.
The investigation was under way but early findings, such as the
closeness and position of the bodies and a gun, led police to
conclude Robert Garza was responsible for the homicides and
taking his own life, Westrick said.
A motive was not released. "Nothing led us to believe it was
anything other than a triple murder with a suicide," Westrick
The family, last seen on Wednesday afternoon, was discovered at
about 8:30 p.m. local time on Thursday by a family member who
was checking on them, he said.
Defiance is a city of some 16,000 residents roughly 60 miles
southwest of Toledo in the U.S. state.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; editing by Elizabeth
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