A quadruple homicide investigation is underway after the discovery of four bodies in an East Scarborough suburban home on Wednesday morning.
The apparent killings, that left neighbours shocked, involved Keith and Wanda Delong, a retired couple, who lived in the house on Welwyn Avenue, southeast of Markham Road, along with their son, Richard, who was in his 30s.
Also believed involved is the couple’s daughter, Elizabeth.
Police spent the day questioning a man taken into custody, but no charges have been laid.
“We’ve grown up, shovelled snow with them,” said Seth Rogers, who lives next door to the Delongs. “We’ve known each other more than 30 years. They were really nice couple.”
A note was found on the front door early in the morning asking for police to be called and they responsded around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Rogers says he saw a man being taken into custody early that morning.
Police later said: “We believe this to be a case of familial violence and that at this point the investigation is certainly in its infancy,” said Det. Sgt. Pauline Gray, of Toronto Homicide.
“We’re just taking efforts to notify the next of kin.”
Pete Lemonides, who lives across the street, said the couple had plans to go to Mexico to visit Wanda’s ailing mother.
“Keith and Wanda made an arrangement to . . . take care of her will and estate just in case she didn’t pull through,” Lemonides said. “The flight was supposed to be leaving sometime this morning.”
A woman at 43 division identified herself as the sister of the man who found the note at the home. The man stopped by on his way to work in the morning after many calls to his wife were not answered.
“She basically was a very good person, her whole family were very good people, I don’t understand this,” said the woman, who said her name was April Johnston.
Police have not released any further information regarding the gender of the deceased or causes of death.