Bodies of mother, daughter found in Pine Hills home

- It is a double-murder mystery in Orange County.  Investigators say a 36-year-old woman and 16-year-old daughter were found dead inside a home in Pine Hills.  The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has not released the names or ages of the victims.   Investigators are not saying how the two victims died.

Deputies sealed off the street with yellow tape and crime scene experts photographed the scene inside a home on Santa Barbara Road.  Neighbors like Mr. Williams are surprised by all this.  “I’d be shocked, because this normally is a quiet neighborhood.   We just don’t expect anything like that to happen.”

The Sheriff’s Office tells us a man who lives at the house left Monday morning around 7:45, and when he returned at 2:30 in the afternoon, he said he found the woman and her teenage daughter dead inside.  A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said both victims had signs of trauma, but there are no specifics on that yet.  Williams added, “It is graphic indeed.  I don’t understand why that would happen or how that would happen.”

A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the man who discovered the two bodies is cooperating with detectives. They have not released his name or his relationship with the victims .

Investigators said there were no signs of forced entry into the house, which adds to the mystery of what happened.   Deputies ask anyone who might have tips about this double murder to please come forward and call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).

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