Davidson Family Of Four Found Dead Identified
A family of four who tragically died in their north shore home have been identified. The bodies of 44-year-old Fernando Manrique, his 43-year-old wife Maria Claudia Lutz Pena and their two children, 11-year-old Elisa and 10-year-old Martin were discovered early yesterday after police were alerted when Maria didn't show up for canteen duty. Sadly the pet dog was also found deceased.
Police are treating the deaths as a murder-suicide as neighbours reveal the parents were struggling with their two autistic children. The family had called Sir Thomas Mitchell Drive in Davidson home since 2005 after moving from Bogota, Columbia.
A confronting scene faced officers who made the grim discovery. It's understood the bodies were found in separate locations and none showed signs of violence. Police will rely on autopsies and toxicology tests to determine the causes of death. Forensic officers were seen wearing gas masks and reading measurements from handheld meters late into the night.
It's unknown how long the family and their dog had been dead for, but police revealed Ms Manrique was due in the Philippines yesterday for business.
Neighbours described the family as 'lovely' but Sonja Perry, who has lived in the street for over 40 years, told reporters Ms Lutz had often confided in her about the struggles of looking after children with such severe conditions. Both children were deaf and autistic.
“Maria used to tell me how hard it was on her and her husband having two kids who were deaf and dumb,” she said.
“She said it was a heavy thing on her heart and some days she found it impossible to cope. They were such a lovely, friendly couple," she continued.