A father is believed to have murdered his wife and two teenage daughters before killing himself in their Bradford family home.
West Yorkshire Police today launched a murder investigation following the discovery of four bodies at a house in the Clayton area of Bradford.
Police were called to the house last night following concerns from a neighbour, who had not seen the family for some time.
In the property on Blackberry Way, they found the bodies of two adults – 49-year-old Jatindra Lad and his wife Duksha Lad, 44.
The bodies of the couple’s daughters, Trisha Lad, 19, and Nisha Lad, 17, were also found at the detached family home.
Officers were called to the house in Blackberry Way at 8.31pm last night (October 27) after they were contacted by a neighbour who was concerned that they had not seen the family recently.
Police said early indications suggested the bodies may have been in the property for some time. Post mortems will now be carried out to establish the cause of the deaths.
Det Superintendent Simon Atkinson said: “This is clearly a significant incident and our investigation will be thorough as we piece together the events that have led to the deaths of a local family.
“The investigation is at an early stage, and while I do not want to speculate around the circumstances leading to the deaths, I am happy to confirm that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.
“It is an extremely distressing time for the family and friends. We are trying to get as many answers as to what has happened in the property.”
Damien Miller, who leads neighbourhood policing across the Bradford District, said: “Clayton is a close knit community and I understand that local people will be understandably upset by what has taken place and I would like to reassure people there is no wider danger to members of the public.
“Additional neighbourhood officers are in the area speaking to people and offering reassurance.”
Today the area is sealed off while forensic investigations take place.
A number of uniformed officers and forensic scientists could be seen working in the front garden and around a white hatchback car in the drive.
Jessica Garside - a friend of Trisha - said: “She was so lovely. She always had a bright smile on her face.
“She was always happy.
“Even when I saw her round school she would always smile and say hello and check I’m all right. I think that was the general gist of the family.”
Miss Garside said she thought Trisha left school last year and went to Leeds University. “She was really good at science,” she said.
“I feel numb at the moment. I don’t feel like it’s happened. I still feel like I’m going to go to the bus stop one day and she’ll be stood there smiling as ever. it’s heartbreaking to know she won’t be. It’s just horrible.
“She’ll be missed dearly. I see pictures on Facebook of her going out in her uni life and she looks happy and now we don’t know what’s happened to her. I just hope there’s a god out there looking after her.”
The husband and wife both worked for Bradford Council.
Councillor David Green, leader of the local authority, said: “Local people are shocked and saddened by the news of this terrible event and our sympathy goes out to the wider family, friends and neighbours of this family.
“The husband and wife of the family both worked for Bradford Council and councillors and employees are very upset after hearing the dreadful news of their deaths.
“Obviously, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage as the investigation into how it happened is continuing, but we would urge anyone who may have any information about this tragedy to contact the police immediately.”
It is understood both worked as clerical officers at the council.
Both girls are thought to have attended Thornton Grammar School in Bradford.
A page on the school’s website listing its 2013 university entrants shows Trisha Lad went to the University of Leeds to study medical biochemistry.
Neighbour Barry Hawkins said: “I used to say hello to the mum and dad and I used to see the daughter go to school. I’ve seen them grow up.
“I’ve delivered papers up here for 20 years so I know everybody.
“They were a lovely couple and the kids were lovely. Well mannered. They were well respected.
“I’ve know them for 10 years. It’s bad but it’ll pull us all together.”