In a suspected double murder, a 7-year-old girl and her mother were discovered dead in a Connecticut home.
On Thursday, a woman and her 7-year-old daughter were discovered dead in a Connecticut house in what authorities believe was a double homicide.
Around 4 p.m. on Thursday, the Westport Police Department responded to a Lyndale Park residence after dispatchers got a call reporting an unresponsive female. The scene was also attended by Westport Emergency Medical Services and the Westport Fire Department.
According to officials, the woman was found dead inside her home.
Following the discovery of the woman, officers searched the apartment to see if anyone else was inside and discovered the young girl, who was also deceased, according to police. The victims’ names were not immediately published.
Lyndale Park is a two-story mansion located off Weston Road, about two miles north of Westport’s downtown. According to accounts, a considerable police presence remained at the property late Thursday night.
The local police agency stated, “This looks to be an isolated event, and we do not feel there is any active threat to the community.”
The killings are being investigated as a probable double homicide, according to the Connecticut Post and WTNH-TV. It’s unclear if the deaths were unintentional or deliberate.
“The Westport Police Department is in the early phases of this investigation, and the State Police Major Crimes Unit is assisting them,” police said in a statement.
Westport Schools Superintendent Thomas Scarice said he was informed of the “untimely and heartbreaking death of one of our parents and her darling daughter” in an email issued to parents whose children attend local schools on Thursday night.
Scarice wrote, “There are no words that might soothe the sense of sorrow we feel as a result of this horrible event.” “We want to express our deepest condolences to all those impacted by this heartbreaking loss.”
He said Coleytown Elementary School and Stepping Stones Preschool would be closed Friday for normal activities, but remain open for parents and students seeking mental health services.
“Police, first responders, public school personnel and students have been directly impacted by this devastating event,” Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said in a Friday statement. “The entire community shares in their grief and sadness. Westport is a caring community and I know we will come together to support those who need. This is a brief summary.