A Malaysian-born couple and their young son have been found dead in their flat in west London, in what Scotland Yard is now treating as a murder investigation, the BBC reports.
Police went to the Golden Mile House on Clayponds Lane in Brentford several times on Oct 5 after receiving a call from a concerned family member but got no response.
Upon their forced entry just after midnight on Oct 6, they found the bodies of Poorna Kaameshwari Sivaraj, 36, and Kailash Kuha Raj, three. Both were believed to have been dead for some time.
Poorna’s husband, Kuha Raj Sithamparanathan, 42, was found with stab wounds and pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the BBC, he was thought to have fatally injured himself when the police entered the flat.
Neighbours described the family as “very friendly” and said they were shocked to learn of their deaths.
“I feel really bad (hearing the news) because they were very friendly, nice people,” Sheri Diba was quoted as saying.
Diba, who has lived in the building for seven years, also said she had not seen the family for a number of months.
According to the report, Poorna and Kailash were last seen on Sept 21.
Lead investigator detective chief inspector Simon Harding urged anyone who had seen the family within the last month to come forward “so we can begin to build a full picture of their lives”.