Homicide detectives continue to search a house for clues after five people, believed to be two women and three children, were found dead in a house in Perth.
A man in his 20s surrendered to the police on Sunday morning before the officers went to a house on Coode Street in Bedford, where the bodies were found.
The Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Region, Paul Steel, told reporters last night that the police arrived at the house around 12:00 p.m. (local time) to find women and children among the dead.
"Police have located the bodies of several deceased people, including women and children, although the scene has not yet been examined forensically, it is believed that up to five people are dead in that scene," he said.
"It's kind of tragic when incidents like this happen, it sends a ripple in the Western Australian community."
Mr. Steel did not say how the people were killed or if weapons were found and he could not confirm the deceased's ages, genders and relationship.
The tragedy comes after a 19-year-old man was charged with murdering an eight-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl and his mother in Ellenbrook in July.
At the time of the incident, Steel said it was "potentially the most horrible crime scene he has been called to."
In May, another family was destroyed when four children aged eight to 14 died near the Margaret River in WA. Peter Miles, 61, is suspected of gunning down his wife Cynda, 58, his daughter Katrina, 35, and their children, daughter Taye, 13, and children Rylan, 12, Arye, of 10 and Kadyn of eight, on his farm in Osmington.
Mr. Steel said Sunday that the forensic police and the homicide squad were conducting a "thorough" investigation of the Bedford crime scene that "could take several days."
It is not yet known how long the bodies were there, he said.
The man remains in custody and the police will interview him.
There are no constant concerns for the safety of the community, Steel said.
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