Va. sheriff says 5 bodies found in mobile home

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Posted: Dec 16, 2011 1:52 PM
Va. sheriff says 5 bodies found in mobile home

Authorities investigating the deaths of five people found in a mobile home on Virginia's Eastern Shore said Friday the person responsible was among the dead.

Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin said the five were found dead Thursday after deputies responded to a call of an attempted suicide in Gargatha. He would not immediately say how they were killed or who made the initial 911 call. He said deputies were investigating the case as a murder-suicide, although they weren't ruling out other possibilities.

Godwin described the crime scene as the deadliest in the county in at least a decade.

The small mobile home with a rusted roof is located along a dirt road in a remote wooded area of the Eastern Shore near the Maryland line. It's among a handful of mobile homes in the area and investigators were still processing the crime scene late Friday morning.

"We've been there since six o'clock. It's been a long night," Godwin said.

Investigators were attempting to identify the victims. Their bodies were taken to the medical examiner's office in Norfolk.

Omar Colon Matias, who said he was a brother of one of the victims, said the dead were his 27-year-old sister, her 9-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son and the children's father. A friend of the sister whose mobile home she was living at was also dead, Matias said.

Matias said his sister never married her children's father and that the two had recently had disputes over the children's custody. She was not living with her children's father, Matias said.

"My sister was a good person. She was a beautiful person. She don't have no problem with nobody. She help everybody to translate," Matias said. "There's one thing about sister, she would help everybody."


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