A family-of-four, including two young children, have been found dead in their home in New York’s Westchester County on Thursday.
Police were called to 57 Romer Avenue in the village of Pleasantville to do a wellness check just before 2pm after the children did not show up for school.
The victims have been formally identified by police as Chaun-Kai Liu, 46 (also known as Tom), his wife, Dorothy Liu, 42, and their two children Tennyson, 7, and Adeline, 4.
Parents in the community told News12 that Tennyson was in second grade at Bedford Road School, and Adeline was in Pre-K.
At a press conference on Friday afternoon, police said: ‘Evidence strongly suggests that Mr Liu used a knife to cause the death of his wife and children and then used that same knife to take his own life.
‘While we do not have a motive, interviews indicate that Mr. Liu was under a considerable amount of stress.
‘There are no reports of domestic violence at the family home.’
Police would not reveal where in the house the bodies were found.
Tom Liu was a project manager and business analyst at MUFG, a Japanese bank and financial services company, according to News12.
In a statement, the company said: ‘We are greatly saddened by the tragic loss of Tom Liu and his family. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to their family, friends and colleagues during this most difficult time. We are working to support our employees affected by this tragedy in any way we can.’
At Friday’s press conference, it was revealed the family were found dead by police officers conducting a wellness check.
The school’s superintendent said that police are contacted to perform a wellness check if a child does not turn up to school and if neither parent can be contacted.
Grutzner said in those cases police often try to gain access through an open door or window, or ask the fire department to assist with finding a way into a home.
‘When we receive notification to do a wellness check we attempt to find a way to get in open door or window and then go through house to determine whether any cause of alarm. In the vast majority of cases there is not, but in this case there was.’
Grutzner said police gained access to the house through an open door.
On Friday, investigators remained on the scene after the horrific discovery in the quiet, close-knit community.
‘Nothing ever happens here. The police don’t have anything to do. So when something like this happens, it’s devastating,’ neighbor Brian Skarstad told CBS 2 New York.
‘We know them very well. They’re just – this is the nicest family.’
Romer Avenue, where the home is located just down the street from Pleasantville High School, will likely remain shut down on Friday as cops continue their investigation, authorities said.
Local schools will be open and offer counseling for students, their families and staff members.
Students said they were alerted of the police investigation after an announcement was made at the high school, WNBC reports. They were assured there was no immediate danger in the area.
‘As you can imagine our hearts are broken at the news of this incredible’, Pleasantville schools Superintendent Mary Fox-Alter told WCBS.
‘This is a very small community and it impacts all of us in this small village’.
The population of Pleasantville is just under 8,000.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Mary Kekatos and Ralph Ortega