Police in Troy, New York are calling the quadruple homicide of a family the worst killing they’ve ever seen. A female couple and their children were found dead on Tuesday. The family had allegedly been bound and their throats had been slashed, sources told the Albany Times Union.
“After being in this business for almost 42 years, I can’t describe the savagery of this,” Troy Police Chief James Todesco said during a Wednesday press conference. “I don’t have the word.”
He is urging anyone with information about the killings to come forward and help police. At this time, nobody is in custody, and there isn’t a person of interest.
A property manager made the grim discovery on Tuesday after they found the bodies in the home’s basement. When they arrived just before 1 PM, they found the bodies of four people, all confirmed dead on the scene. The names of the victims have not been released, but their ages have. The two adult women were reportedly ages 22 and 36. A 5-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were slain, according to the New York Daily News.
Police have not released any potential motive in the murders for fear of disrupting the open investigation.
Todesco said he doesn’t believe there is any imminent danger to the public, in light of the savage murders.
“Certain factors we uncovered during the investigation leads us to believe this is not a random act,” he said during Wednesday’s press conference. It was clear that the brutality of this case has made an impact on him. "The emotions of a police officer is something you repress because there is a job to be done, but no one involved in this case is ever going to forget it. Right now our job is to bring this person to justice."
Troy Police Capt. Dan DeWolf told WTEN that he also thinks the murders are an isolated incident, but he urges people in the area to take precaution.
"Unfortunately, it's horrible, terrible, sad — especially at this time of the year — that there's four deceased folks in there. We're going to do everything we can to look into this and get to the bottom of what happened here," he said.
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