Tullamarine tragedy: discovery of mother, three children and husband
In their home in Tullamarine, Victoria, a mother and her three children found dead were identified.
The bodies of Katie Perinovic and her daughters, Matthew, 3, Anna, 5, and Claire, 7, were discovered after the father of the children, Katie's husband, Tomislav, 48, called Triple-Zero on Tuesday at around 12.30pm.
He was standing on the front lawn of his Burgess Street home when paramedics arrived.
Police state he is supporting them with their investigations, but the case is still in its early stages.
The family reportedly lived together at home and there was no history of abuse in the family.
All avenues are being investigated by the homicide squad, including the possibility that the deaths may be the result of a murder-suicide.
Bob Hill, Victoria Police Acting Deputy Commissioner, said no conclusions about what had happened could be made.
"Today, there was a tragic event in metropolitan Melbourne," he said.
"A tragic accident is the loss of four lives, a mother and three children.
"It is more heart-wrenching when it includes children.
Hill said police in connection with the tragedy were not searching for anybody else.
"I need to be very clear here and advise you that the investigation is in its very early stages at this point in time," he said. We know that a husband, a wife, and three children are involved.
The circumstances of this incident have yet to be identified. As to what happened, we can not afford to make any conclusions.
There are several possibilities we really need to explore. I just want to make it clear... on the grounds that we have a male assisting us with our investigations, we do not presume guilt.
Hill added that it would be "grossly unfair" to draw conclusions about the husband.
On Thursday, he did not anticipate any charges to be laid.
We have a long way to go, well and truly, before we can actually understand... What happened," he said.
Detectives refused to speculate about the extent of the deceased's injuries.
On Thursday night, forensic officers proceeded to comb the site, with police speaking to neighbors and others known to the family.
Katie Perinovic worked for many years at Glenroy Physiotherapy but suddenly left the clinic three months ago, the Herald Sun reports.
According to their website, she graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999 and specialized in physiotherapy and Feldenkrais.
The neighbors said the disaster shocked them.
Katie Perinovic was described by one neighbour as polite and welcoming, someone who would always say 'hello.'
"Another neighbor said, "Devastated, it's so close to home, these people spent time in my house.
"Their children loved my children. How can I tell my kids? ”
Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Galliot said that for years to come, first responders at the scene will be affected by the disaster.
Any loss of life is devastating. Nevertheless, the loss of young lives in situations such as this is hard to understand,' he told reporters.
"This will have a long-lasting impact on the police, the extended family, the community, the neighborhood, the emergency services, and all the others involved."