Four bodies found in upstate NY basement, police say

Saul Bowman
December 29, 2017

Troy police on Tuesday responded to the 2nd Avenue home after fielding a call for several unresponsive people discovered in the basement apartment of the building.

DeWolf added that the deaths appeared to be suspicious and were being investigated as possible homicides.

"Being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of a person like this".

Troy Police Captain Daniel DeWolf, speaking on WNYT, says the property manager first discovered the bodies: "It's absolutely horrendous".

Police didn't know when the slayings occurred, but Tedesco said he hoped autopsies being conducted Wednesday would provide clues.


Investigators have not released the victims' identifies or say how they were killed, but neighbors tell Albany Times Union that a woman lived in the basement apartment with her children, ages 8 and 11, and her partner. The mother was 36 years old and in a relationship with a 22-year-old woman whose body was also found in the basement apartment, the chief said.

"Certain factors we uncovered during the investigation leads us to believe this is not a random act", he said.

"The emotions of a police officer is something you repress because there is a job to be done, but no one involved in this case is ever going to forget it". Tedesco didn't reveal the victims' identities, nor their cause of death.

Investigators remained at the scene Wednesday. Residents told the Albany Times Union that the neighborhood is mostly quiet. "I've been calling her all day". It seemed like a fun place, he said, with lots of parties during the summer.

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