Women and children among dead in 'tragic' Perth massacre

Geraldine Edwards
September 10, 2018

Police were called to the house, in Bedford, Perth, on Sunday September 9, after a man presented himself to a regional police station.

The man, said to be in his 20s, is in custody and undergoing questioning.

The information the man gave police there led them to the Bedford property, where they found the victims.

Specialist forensic police are expected to continue a meticulous examination of the crime scene on Monday.

"It is a tragic thing when incidents like this occur", he said.

A number of police cars, homicide squad officers and forensic police were at the house, with the road blocked off at the Coode and Beaufort St intersection.

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It's unclear how long the bodies had been in the house before police arrived.

Streets in the area are still locked down but West Australia Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Steel said there are no safety concerns for the public and no suspects are at large.

"It's so calm, so quiet, that something so tragic has taken place is just horrific on every level", she told reporters.

Neighbours claim the family who lived at the home had not been seen for a week.

Mr Steel stressed that this was very early in the investigation so he could not provide many details.

"It is tragic not only for the family and the friends, it is also tragic for those first responders who are forced to attend such scenes".

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While violent crime with multiple victims is rare in the country, this was the second major incident in Western Australia this year.

The man is in custody while homicide detectives try to piece together the timeline leading up to the deaths.

The police chaplain was at the scene to give support to officers involved in the gruesome discovery and investigation.

Seven people were shot and killed in the state in May.

A mother and her two young children were murdered in July in the Perth suburb of Ellenbrook.

He also could not confirm the ages, genders and relationship of the deceased.

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The deaths of Katrina Miles, her parents Cynda and Peter, and children Taye, Rylan, Arye and Kadyn, were described as Australia's worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre.

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