Two people were found dead in a Morro Bay home early Monday morning in what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide.
Information obtained during the investigation revealed that the victim was a 36-year-old woman, while a 47-year-old man was the apparent suspect, according to acting Cmdr. Rick Catlett of the Morro Bay Police Department.
A 4-year-old girl was found unharmed at the residence; she was initially cared for by Child Welfare Services but has since been released to family members, Catlett said.
About 2:30 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area and happened to see an open door at a residence in the 2400 block of Greenwood Avenue. The officer stopped to investigate, as it seemed unusual that the door was left wide open at that time in the morning, Catlett said.
The officer didn’t get a response at the front door, so a supervisor was called to respond to the scene, according to a news release from the Morro Bay Police Department. Upon the supervisor’s arrival, the officers checked the exterior of the residence to try to find a responsible party.
After being unable to locate anyone and with no signs of a break-in, the officers decided to secure the house and leave a note for the residents, the news release said.
While securing the door, an officer saw a person lying on the floor in the kitchen. Officers entered the home to check the welfare of the person and discovered two bodies, according to the news release.
Detectives were unable to investigate the incident until midmorning, after firefighters responded to a gas leak at the residence and made sure the area was safe. Catlett said he doesn’t believe the gas leak was related to the incident; he said he thinks a stove may have been inadvertently left partially on.
Law enforcement filled the blocked-off street in the morning, and a few neighbors milled about, as others peered out at the activity from their homes. The quiet residential area off Highway 1 is filled mainly with family homes and some vacation properties, neighbors said.
Greenwood Avenue reopened to normal traffic about 2:35 p.m.
Police did not say how the two people died, and no further information is being released at this time, pending notification of the families and the ongoing investigation, the news release said.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office detectives assisted Morro Bay police detectives in the investigation.
The preliminary investigation indicated there are no outstanding suspects, and there doesn’t appear to be any danger to neighbors or the community, the news release said.