DEFIANCE, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff's office in northwest Ohio says it is awaiting autopsies on four people who died in what is being investigated as a triple murder-suicide.
Vehicles are parked in the driveway of a home south of Defiance, Ohio on Thursday night, Feb. 6, 2014, after an apparent murder-suicide left four people dead. Officials identified the dead as Robert Garza Sr., 68, his wife, Christine Garza, 61, their daughter, Zoila Garza, 42, and a granddaughter, 15-year-old Rebecca Garza. The grandfather apparently killed the others and then took his own life, according to Defiance County sheriff's department investigators. (AP Photo/The Crescent-News, Jeff Long)
Authorities in Defiance County said Saturday that autopsies of 68-year-old Robert Garza Sr.; his wife, 61-year-old Christine Garza; his 42-year-old daughter, Zoila Garza; and his 15-year-old granddaughter, Rebecca Garza, were being conducted in Lucas County.
Their bodies were discovered Thursday in their home in Defiance, about 60 miles southwest of Toledo. Investigators found a handgun in the home that they believe the grandfather used to kill the others and then himself. No note was found.
A veterans service officer in the area said Robert Garza was a Vietnam veteran who was being treated for war-related disabilities and recently suffered a stroke.