Three decomposing bodies found in $2.4million upscale California home may have been there for more than a year

Southern California officers found three decomposing bodies in an upscale home in a gated community in Irvine, according to local reports.

According to KTLA, Irvine Police Department officers arrived at 58 Riverboat around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Extended family members in Canada contacted local authorities after they were unable to reach the family, prompting the gruesome discovery.

“Responding officers entered the house and discovered three badly decomposed bodies inside that appeared to be adults,” Irvine police said.

The deceased victims are believed to be family members, including a father, mother and son. However, since the bodies were so badly decomposed, authorities were unable to identify any of the bodies.

Police said there was no forced entry into the home, but there was evidence to suggest there was a possible murder-suicide. A handgun was discovered inside the residence, according to Irvine Police Lt. Bill Bingham.

ABC 7 reports that Bingham indicated that the owners’ association usually takes care of the front lawns of the houses in the gated community, which is why the family’s yard was maintained.

“As I understand it, there is a homeowners association that is responsible for at least some of the maintenance and upkeep of the lawn for the front of the houses,” Bill Bingham said. “Looking at the house at a glance, it’s not immediately obvious that someone hasn’t been in and out of the house for maybe up to a year.”

Law & Crime reports that the the home in question is valued at $2.4 million.

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