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Authorities: 4 people found dead in murder-suicide in suburban California house

Police tape closes a street where four people were found dead in a home, center, on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in suburban Mission Viejo, Calif. Authorities said the bodies were found by Orange County deputies making a welfare check after a relative's emergency call. The dead people were only described as two males and two females, and the Sheriff's Department was not releasing any information on how they may be related.(AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

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Police tape closes a street where four people were found dead in a home, center, on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in suburban Mission Viejo, Calif. Authorities said the bodies were found by Orange County deputies making a welfare check after a relative's emergency call. The dead people were only described as two males and two females, and the Sheriff's Department was not releasing any information on how they may be related.(AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - Four people were found dead Tuesday in a home in suburban Mission Viejo in what authorities called a murder-suicide.

The bodies were discovered by Orange County deputies responding to an emergency call by a relative, sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

The dead people were only described as two males and two females. The Sheriff's Department did not immediately release any information on how they might be related or how they died.

Hallock initially said no suspects were being sought and later disclosed that investigators had determined one of the people in the home had killed the other three before committing suicide.

The bodies remained in the home for most of the day while detectives sought a search warrant.

The house is located in a development called Pacific Hills, a modern neighbourhood of two-story, upscale homes on winding streets.

Mission Viejo is a city of about 95,000 in the southern section of Orange County about 50 miles (80 kilometres) southeast of Los Angeles.

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