MARKHAM, Ont. — A lot of questions remain to be answered after four bodies were found inside a home in Markham, Ont., just north of Toronto.
York Regional Police said officers discovered the bodies Sunday afternoon while responding to a 911 call about possible injuries at the home.
They said the officers were met at the door by a 20-year-old man who was later taken into custody, but there was still no word as of Sunday night whether he’d been charged with anything.
And no information was immediately released about the identities of the deceased, their ages, genders, relationship to each other, or how they died.
A command post was being set up in the neighbourhood as investigators, including a forensic identification unit and the coroner, continued to comb through the house for evidence.
Police also made a point of trying to reassure shocked neighbours that they would get to the bottom of the incident.
“I want to reassure everybody that this is a safe community and that we’re doing everything we can so whoever is responsible for this incident is taken before our courts,” Const. Andy Pattenden told reporters and community members gathered behind yellow police tape.
Pattenden said he didn’t have any information about whether there could be other suspects, but asked anyone who may have seen or heard anything of note to come forward.
“All the resources we have at York Regional Police will be involved in this investigation,” he said.
It’s a shock, because you never think anything like this would happen near where you live.Pascoal D’Souza, Markham, Ont., resident
Pattenden said he didn’t have any information about whether there could be more suspects, but asked anyone who may have seen or heard anything of note to come forward.
Pascoal D’Souza, who lives across the street and was among those watching officers walk in and out of the home on Sunday, said it was unsettling to see such a heavy police presence in his quiet neighbourhood, where he said the residents typically “keep to themselves.”
“It’s a shock, because you never think anything like this would happen near where you live,” he said.