Police: 3 adults, 3 dogs found dead inside Tarpon Springs home

Posted at 4:04 PM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 09:38:47-05

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — Tarpon Springs police officers are investigating after discovering multiple people deceased under suspicious circumstances inside a residence on New Year's Day.

Officers responded to the 1900 block of Juanita Way, on Tuesday, at approximately 12:22 p.m., in reference to a welfare check. The residence is inside a retirement community called the Meadows.

During a press conference Wednesday morning, Major Jeff Young said they found three adults and three dogs killed inside the home after obtaining a search warrant to enter the location and conduct an investigation. The bodies were found in an "advance state of decomposition."

Young said the identities of the homicide victims will be released after an autopsy is performed on Thursday.

Three people, three dogs killed inside Tarpon Springs home | Press Conference

"It’s shocking," resident Grant Pursell said. "It’s a very quiet mobile home park. We’ve never had any kind of issues."

Police said they believe the triple homicide was not random and the suspect(s) are known to the victims.

Anyone who "sees something in their community that seems off, not just in this case, but any case — even if it seems minor" is urged to call the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

ABC Action News' Michael Paluska contributed to this report.