Note: This story was updated at 5 p.m.
The three adults found dead on Oak Lane on Thursday morning each had a single gunshot wound, authorities said.
The three were found dead during a welfare check at 101 Oak Lane at about 8:03 a.m. Thursday. They have been identified as:
- Michael Deuschle, age 49
- Tessa Deuschle, age 43
- Chelsea Kessel, age 24
The city said a preliminary investigation leads officers to believe that the females were shot first at close range, and then the male victim took his own life.
Detectives with the Oak Ridge Police Department believe this to be an isolated incident, and citizens do not need to be alarmed, the City of Oak Ridge said in a press release. Officers do not believe there are any additional victims in this case. The investigation is ongoing.
Oak Lane is off Outer Drive near California Avenue in north Oak Ridge.
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Three people were found dead at a home on Oak Lane in north Oak Ridge on Thursday morning, authorities said.
The Oak Ridge Police Department responded to the home to perform a welfare check at about 8:03 a.m. Thursday, the City of Oak Ridge said in a statement.
There was no answer at the front door when officers arrived. A potential victim could be seen through the window, so officers entered the home, the statement said.
Once they were inside, police officers found an adult female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers immediately began a search and found two more dead people, the statement said.
The responding officers then exited the home, secured the area, and called investigators to the scene, the city said.
Detectives with the Oak Ridge Police Department do not believe there are any more victims in the case, the statement said. Names will not be released at this time, the statement said, and the investigation is ongoing. The cause of the deaths hasn’t been released yet.
Detectives and police officers were still at the home on Oak Lane, which is off Outer Drive near California Avenue in north Oak Ridge, at about 2 p.m.. Thursday.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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