Cops Probing Suicide Find 5 Bodies
Apr. 27, 1998
ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) _ A man apparently killed five people, including a child, and then jumped to his death from a freeway overpass, deputies said today.
The victims, found in the man's home, were two men, two women and a girl, Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Bill Martin told reporters at the house today.
``All indications are this is a murder-suicide,'' Martin said.
The man who killed himself was identified as Ronald Taylor, 46.
He lived in the upper-middle-class house where the bodies were found, but his relationship to the five dead people found there was still being determined, Martin said.
``Mr. Taylor's relationship is that of family or friend,'' the deputy said.
Martin could not say how the victims died. ``There is some trauma, there is some blood,'' he said.
Four of the bodies were found late Sunday and the girl's was found early today. Police did not explain the delay in finding her body.
The investigation started Sunday evening when Taylor jumped onto the San Gabriel River Freeway in Cerritos. He died later at a hospital.
Police were unable to say if the man was struck by any vehicles on the freeway, which was closed for two hours after the jump.
Artesia is 18 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.