Homicide Squad investigators have formed the preliminary view that a mother found dead in a Tullamarine house yesterday was responsible for the death of her three children, before taking her own life.
Emergency services were called to the property on Burgess Street shortly after 12.20pm where police located the bodies of a 42-year-old woman, a seven-year-old girl, a five-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy.
Hume Crime Investigation Unit detectives arrived at the scene to find Ambulance Victoria paramedics out the front of the property with a 48-year-old man, whom police said was the husband and father of the deceased.
In a statement released this afternoon, police said they did not believe the man had anything to do with the deaths.
“Police are not looking for anyone further in relation to the matter,” the statement said.
“Detectives have also spoken to a large number of people, including the family, friends, and neighbours of the deceased.”
Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill said police understood many in the community were struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.
He said on Thursday there had been no history of family violence at the address.
“Police will particularly work to support the families of those involved over the coming weeks and ensure they have the help they need,” he said today.
“This has also been an incredibly difficult time for both the police and paramedics who responded and attended the scene yesterday.
“This has been an incredibly heart wrenching experience for all concerned.”