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Authorities investigating multiple homicides in San Clemente

December 14, 2009 |  8:58 pm

Orange County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an incident involving "multiple homicides" in a gated San Clemente neighborhood, authorities said tonight.

Deputies responded shortly before 2 p.m. on a "welfare check" at a house on Calle Sonador and found the victims inside, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

He declined to say how many bodies were at the scene or provide additional details, saying that officials are still notifying relatives.

"We are conducting an active death investigation," Amormino said.

He said that the crime was confined to the house. "There's no killer out there," he said. "The incident is contained to that residence."

The incident is in a hillside neighborhood with spacious tract homes east of the 5 Freeway.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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