Garden Grove horror: Homeless family of 4 found dead in van

Garden Grove horror: Homeless family of 4 found dead in van

This Friday, March 16, 2018 photo shows the corner parking spot where a van containing the bodies of two adults and two children was found in Garden Grove, Calif. Police in the city near Los Angeles say a woman reported Thursday night that a white Honda was emitting a very foul odor.

When officers arrived, officials said, they found the van's windows covered with blankets and a sunscreen.

Inside, officers discovered four people dead, including a man, woman, and a boy and girl who appeared to be younger than 4 years old, Whitney said.

The van was parked next to a grass median that possibly had obstructed the vehicle's exhaust system, according to Whitney.

Southern California police are investigating after an 8-month-old infant, her 2-year-old sister and their parents were found dead in a parked van that was their home. The causes of death would not be determined until toxicology tests are completed, which could take days, he said.

They do not suspect foul play though, since there were no signs of obvious trauma on their bodies. There could have been some carbon monoxide poisoning. They had been living in the parking lot for about a month, he said.

The time and cause of death is still under investigation.

"What is tragic about this is we have our special resources teams that have connections to different resources", Whitney said.

"Detectives spoke with several witnesses and learned the victims had been living in the van in the general vicinity-often sleeping inside their vehicle at nearby parks and business shopping centers", police said in a news release.

"She said she's seen this van here in the parking lot before and believed that the family that was in the van may be homeless or in between places", police Lt. Carl Whitney said.

A clerk at the store declined to comment early Friday.

Anyone with additional information on the victims is asked to contact the Garden Grove Police Department at (714) 741-5704.

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