Police probe killings of 4 at Upstate N.Y. home

New York State

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (AP) — The four people found slain inside their suburban Upstate New York home were two adults and two boys, ages 7 and 10, authorities said Thursday as they sought the public’s help in their investigation.

The adults were a 37-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, but officials weren’t saying how the four were related. The victims’ names were being withheld while relatives were notified, Albany County District Attorney David Soares said during a news conference in Guilderland.

Officials refused to comment about whether the deaths, which were discovered Wednesday afternoon, were a murder-suicide or whether the victims were targeted.

“At this point, we don’t believe the neighbors have much to fear,” Soares said.

Authorities didn’t say how the four were killed. Autopsies being conducted Thursday will determine the cause of death, Soares said.

Officials said the four were of Chinese descent, but disclosed no other information. Police said they had to enlist help from interpreters to question people for their ongoing investigation.

Soares said the boy attended classes in the Guilderland school district.

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The home where the bodies were found is in a busy residential and commercial stretch of a road just west of Albany. Several police vehicle remained at the scene Thursday.

Soares and police are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around the home Wednesday afternoon to contact investigators on a telephone tip line: 1-800-448-3847.

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