Police: Juvenile charged in deaths of 4 found at home

UPDATE: 12/13/2020 9:28 P.M. – Police have charged a juvenile with the murder of four people whose bodies were found Sunday at a home in southern West Virginia.
A family member discovered three bodies after going to the home in Elkview, Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said. Deputies who responded to the scene found a fourth victim in the home.
Rutherford said all of the victims are related. He said they were a man, a woman and two juvenile boys. A fifth resident of the home, a juvenile, was safely located elsewhere.
Rutherford later released a statement saying a juvenile had been charged. The statement did not elaborate on the arrest. Details of the deaths, including the victims’ identities, were not immediately released.

“We’re in the process now of going through the residence collecting evidence,” Rutherford said at a news conference. “Right now it’s very, very early.”

Rutherford said it’s unknown when the deaths occurred. He said relatives tried to contact the residents on Saturday and again on Sunday morning without success before someone went to the home and entered through an unlocked door.

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — Police are investigating after four bodies were found Sunday at a home in southern West Virginia.
Kanawha County sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Humphreys said a family member discovered the bodies at 10:40 a.m. after going to the home in Elkview, WCHS-TV reported.

The deaths were described as suspicious. Details, including the victims’ identities, were not immediately released.

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