Indian-origin family of 4 found dead in Australia

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 18:39

Melbourne: An Indian-origin family of four, including two children, was found dead here on Tuesday and Australian police are treating it as a murder-suicide case.

The bodies of Nilesh Sharma, 34, his wife Pritika, 32, five-year-old Divesh and three-year-old Divya were found dead at their Glen Waverley home in the city`s eastern outskirts.

Nilesh, an accountant, was found in a hallway, the others in their bedrooms.

The Fijian-Indian family, which moved to Australia over a decade ago, had lived in Glen Waverley for at least two years and appeared to have been a normal, happy couple, Australian news agency AAP reported.

Police say the four deaths are being treated as a murder-suicide with officers stressing that no suspects are being sought.

"Everybody is devastated," said Abhay Singh, an uncle of the two deceased children.

Everyone had attended a family get-together on Saturday, he said, drinking, laughing, and socialising well into the night.

"They were a really lovely family, very reserved," Mr Singh said.
"It is shattering," he said.

The children hadn`t been seen at school for two days before worries for their wellbeing turned into a phone call to the police to check up on them.

Singh recalled how the family was recovering well from a car crash last year.

Singh said the couple did not have marriage problems and he believed they died from a leaking gas tank.

"It`s a mystery," he said.

Post-mortem examinations will be undertaken tomorrow to confirm causes of death.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 18:39

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