Autopsies inconclusive for family found dead in swimming pool, tub
Preliminary autopsies performed on a San Diego family found dead in an apparent murder-suicide were inconclusive, officials said.
A relative stumbled on the scene early Tuesday at the house on Parkcreek Court, which left friends and neighbors grief-stricken and mystified.
The bodies were found in a backyard swimming pool and a bathtub.
Cause-of-death rulings for 44-year-old Alfredo Pimienta, his 37-year-old wife, Georgina, and their daughters, Emily, 9, and Priscilla, 17, will remain on hold pending toxicology tests that could take weeks or months to complete, the San Diego County medical examiner's office told KSWB-TV (Channel 5).
Nothing about the family’s life in the working-class neighborhood east of downtown foretold trouble, said relatives, friends and neighbors. Alfredo was a tow truck operator who seemed to get along well with his wife. Emily liked to bike around the quiet streets with other children; Priscilla was a studious teenager who was looking forward to college.
Alex Jasmund, 17, said he went to the movies Monday afternoon with Priscilla, who he described as his best friend at San Diego’s High Tech High School. Afterward, he said they went out for yogurt and then sat by Priscilla's pool and talked about their upcoming senior prom.
Neighbor Marlon Soriano, 22, said he last saw the family Sunday afternoon. Alfredo was unloading tools and lumber for a house project and the two girls were playing in the frontyard. “They seemed like a real close family,” Soriano said. “There was no indication that anything was going wrong.”
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Photo: Four members of a San Diego family were found dead in a swimming pool and a bathtub. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times