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Father, two children found slain in Thousand Oaks

September 16, 2009 | 10:31 pm

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A father and his two children were found dead in their Thousand Oaks apartment this evening in what authorities described as a "gruesome" homicide.

The bodies were discovered about 5:45 p.m. when the man's ex-wife arrived to visit the children at the apartment in the 2700 block of White Ridge Place, authorities said.

The father was 52 years old. One of the children, a boy, was 12. His sister was 7, authorities said.

"We have three homicide victims in there," said Det. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. "It's a gruesome scene."

He declined to say how the victims were killed but added that they apparently died within the last 24 hours. The mother had seen the children Tuesday afternoon, Buschow said.

Detectives were still at the scene tonight trying to piece together what happened.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: An investigation continues into the discovery of three bodies inside a ground-floor apartment in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Related:

The Homicide Report: Chronicling L.A. County homicide victims.

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