Man, Children Found Dead in Va. Home

Police investigating deaths of man, children as suspicious.

Monday, Jan 30, 2012  |  Updated 4:08 PM EDT
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Authorities in Hanover County, Va., say they are investigating the suspicious deaths of a 40-year-old man and his 3-year-old twin daughters.

Hanover County Sheriff's spokesman Chris Whitley told The Associated Press the bodies were found Saturday afternoon. The girls' mother found the bodies in her estranged husband's home in Mechanicsville, near Richmond.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch
identified the dead as Robert D. King and his twins Caroline and Madison. According to the paper, it is unclear whether the mother of the two children lived in the house.

Sgt. Whitley says authorities are collecting evidence as part of a "death investigation'' and seeking to determine the sequence of events that led to the deaths. He says preliminary information indicates there are no suspects at large.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that an affidavit states that an exhaust pipe from a van parked outside the Mechanicsville home was linked by tubing into the house. The affidavit was filed in connection with a search warrant.

King and his wife were amid divorce proceedings.

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