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Couple dies in Riverdale murder-suicide

Police hope family members can take their 3 children

Clayton County police said the deaths of a couple found inside their Riverdale home, Thursday afternoon, are the result of a murder-suicide.

Lt. Tina Daniel, a spokesperson for the police department, said, late Thursday night, that evidence found inside the home on Hamlin Trace led detectives to reach that conclusion.

Daniel said police were withholding the release of the names of the deceased, pending notification of the next of kin.

She added that police could not immediately determine a reason for the deaths.

"We haven't found anything, yet, to indicate a reason," she said. "Nothing financial, or because of an illness. But we did find enough to indicate it was a murder-suicide."

According to Daniel, the couple's oldest child, an 11-year-old, came home from school at about 4:20 p.m., Thursday, and found "a lot of blood" inside the house.

The boy left the home and contacted police, she said.

"He did not see the bodies, just the blood, and called us," she added.

The couple also had two younger children.

Daniel said, if relatives aren't immediately located, who can take in the children, they will be placed in temporary foster care.

"No one has come in to take them, yet, " she said Thursday night. "That's not to say they won't, in the next 15 or 20 minutes. But that is the procedure.

“If relatives don't show up, they will go into a temporary foster home."

Daniel, a mother of six, herself, said the days ahead will be hard on the children.

"There is no doubt that the true victims here are the children," she said. "It's very unfortunate."

She said she hopes to be able to release more information on Friday.