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Four autistic children and their mother among seven found dead in Australia


Katrina Cockman has been identified as one of the victims, along with her four children, aged eight to 13. (Picture: Katrina Miles)

Four autistic children and their mother are among seven found dead at a remote farmhouse in Australia this morning.

Police found the bodies with gunshot wounds at the property, owned by Cynda Miles and her farmer husband Peter, in Osmington, near the town of Margaret River in Australia’s southwest.

Their daughter, Katrina Cockman, was identified as one of the victims, along with her four children, aged eight to 13.

Two other adults were found dead outside the building, but they have are yet to be identified.

Miles Family Margaret River Farmhouse Massacre

Just last month, Katrina had taken to Facebook to complain about her ex, writing: ‘My ex does not stop stalking me.  (Picture: Katrina Miles)

Seven people, including four children, have been found dead after a suspected mass shooting at a remote rural property three hours south of Perth, Western Australia. Police (centre) were met with horrific scenes when they arrived at the property in of Osmington, near Margaret River, at 5.15am, with the bodies of four children and three adults dead from gunshot wounds. Police are not looking for any suspects in the shooting, which is the worst mass shooting in Australia since the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. Police Commissioner Chris Dawson refused to confirm if the incident was a murder-suicide, describing it is a 'significant tragedy'. Two firearms were found at the scene and police are attempting to find locate family and friends of the deceased.

The shooting is believed to have been a murder-suicide but this is yet to be confirmed. (Picture: 9News)

Just last month, Katrina had taken to Facebook to complain about her ex, writing: ‘My ex does not stop stalking me.

The shooting is believed to have been a murder-suicide but this is yet to be confirmed.

Western Australia state Police Commissioner Chris Dawson described the incident as a ‘significant tragedy’.

He said two firearms were found at the scene and confirmed that at least some of the victims suffered gunshot wounds.

epa06727082 A property is seen from a police roadblock where police are investigating the death of seven people in a suspected murder-suicide in Osmington, east of Margaret River, 260km south west of Perth, Australia, 11 May 2018. Four children are among seven people found dead at a rural property in Osmington, near Margaret River, some 280km south of Perth. Detectives are investigating the incident, which was said to be treated as a murder-suicidem, media reported. Two firearms were found at the scene, Western Australia Police said. EPA/RICHARD WAINWRIGHT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Police found the bodies with gunshot wounds at the property in Osmington, near the town of Margaret River in Australia’s southwest. (Picture: EPA)

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Two adults were found dead outside the building, while the bodies of four children and another adult was discovered inside. (Picture: 7News)

Four autistic children and mother among seven dead in 'mass murder-suicide' in Australia

Police were called to the house at around 5.15am local time (10.15pm BST) by a ‘male person’ connected to the property.

Mr Dawson added: ‘Based on what we do know, this is clearly a tragedy… Police located seven persons deceased. Four children and three adults.’

A neighbour told the ABC he had spoken to a man who lived at the property just hours before the bodies were found.

He said: ‘I was talking to him on the phone last night, I was going to ask him to come over tomorrow. He seemed very vague.’

Police were called to the house at around 5.15am local time (10.15pm BST) by a ‘male person’ connected to the property.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson addresses the media in Perth, Australia, May 11, 2018. AAP/Rebecca Le May/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT.?

Two firearms were found at the scene, Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said (Picture: Reuters)

epa06727102 Media film a property from a police roadblock where police are investigating the deaths of seven people in suspected murder-suicide in Osmington, east of Margaret River, 260km south west of Perth, Australia, 11 May 2018. Four children are among seven people found dead at a rural property in Osmington, near Margaret River, some 280km south of Perth. Detectives are investigating the incident, which was said to be treated as a murder-suicidem, media reported. Two firearms were found at the scene, Western Australia Police said. EPA/RICHARD WAINWRIGHT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

(Picture: EPA)

Mr Dawson said: ‘The reason police went to the property was from a telephone call which we’ve recorded.’

Homicide detectives are currently assisting police, he said, adding that there was no danger to the public.

Australia has not experienced such a mass shooting, defined as the death of five or more people, since 35 people were gunned down at Port Arthur in April, 1996.

Osmington is about 260km south of Perth and a 10-minute drive east of the Margaret River township.

Source: http://metro.co.uk/2018/05/11/four-children-three-adults-found-dead-following-mass-shooting-home-australia-7536345

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