A 68-year-old man killed his wife, daughter and 15-year-old granddaughter in a triple murder-suicide in a rural swath of northwestern Ohio, county officials said on Thursday.
Robert Garza Sr. was believed to have killed his 61-year-old wife, Christine Garza, his daughter, 42-year-old Zoila Garza, and granddaughter, Rebecca Garza, at a residence in Defiance County, Sheriff Dave Westrick said.
The investigation was under way but early findings, such as the closeness and position of the bodies and a gun, led police to conclude Robert Garza was responsible for the homicides and taking his own life, Westrick said.
A motive was not released. "Nothing led us to believe it was anything other than a triple murder with a suicide," Westrick said.
The family, last seen on Wednesday afternoon, was discovered at about 8:30 p.m. local time on Thursday by a family member who was checking on them, he said.
Defiance is a city of some 16,000 residents roughly 60 miles (97 kms) southwest of Toledo in the U.S. state.