Three people found dead in a home in Apple Valley Saturday afternoon apparently died by murder-suicide, according to police. The victims were two adults and one child, according to the Star Tribune.
The three were found in their home in the 1000 block of Ramsdell Drive after a neighbor called police to report he had seen the bodies through a window while checking on the house.
The neighbor said he went over after noticing the lights in the house had remained on. He then noticed unopened packages on the doorstep, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Apple Valley police have not yet released the names of the victims, but the Star Tribune and several other media outlets have identified them as David Crowley, 29; his wife, Komel Crowley, 28, and their 5-year-old daughter, Rani. The official identification will come from the medical examiner's office.
The neighbor said he hadn't seen the residents since before Christmas, and the bodies had apparently been in the home for days or weeks, said the Pioneer Press.
Police said they also found a dog in the home who was alive but "very angry," according to the Pioneer Press.
The bodies were taken to the Hennepin County Medical Examiners office. The investigation is continuing, with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.