Family members found dead in S. California home

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Posted: Dec 15, 2009 2:00 AM

Members of a family living in Southern California were found dead Monday in a home inside an upscale gated community in Orange County, authorities said.

Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said deputies were called to the rented home in San Clemente at about 1:30 p.m. for a domestic dispute. When deputies arrived at the home, they found "multiple victims" inside the house, Amormino told The Associated Press.

He also said there were no survivors or outstanding suspects, but declined to provide additional details Monday night, including how many people had died.

"The scene is bloody as you would imagine with multiple victims," Amormino said.

Officials said the identify of the victims would not be released until other family members were located and notified.

The owner of the San Clemente house asked deputies to check in on the family because he felt like "something just wasn't right," Amormino told the Orange County Register.

Rebecca Vandehei, who lives next door, said the family who lived in the home had visitors _ another family involved in some sort of court dispute.

"They had something going on in court _ I don't know the details _ and the outcome was not what this family wanted," she said. "It's surreal and sad and we're just worried about our neighbors," Vandehei said.

The Register reported coroner's officials wheeled a gurney with a tiny body bag into one of two vans.

Vandehei said she saw four bodies wheeled out of the house.

Homicide detectives scoured the home looking for clues to what might have happened.

San Clemente is about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego and has a population of roughly 65,000.