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January 25, 2021

Four family members slain in apparent murder-suicide in Chester County

Relatives told police they had been unable to contact the victims for days

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Authorities in Chester County are investigating the deaths of four family members found slain inside their West Whiteland Township residence on Jan. 24, 2021.

The four people found dead inside a West Whiteland Township home Sunday afternoon are suspected to be victims of a murder suicide.

Authorities responded to the property in the 100 block of Mountainview Road around 12:30 to check on the well being of the family. Out of state family members told police they had been unable to contact their relatives for several days.

When police entered the home, they found all four family members deceased.

"The initial investigation and evidence at the scene indicate that this incident is the result of a murder-suicide and that there is no threat to the community at large," police said in a statement.

Investigators did not identify the family or provide any additional information about the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The investigation is ongoing with West Whiteland police and the Chester County District Attorney's Office. 

Note: (1/27/21): Chester County prosecutors have identified the deceased as Deepak Prabakhar Kulkarni, 50, Arti Madhusudan Ayda, 47, Shubham Deepak Kulkarni, 15, and Sharvil Deepak Kulkarni, 8.  A preliminary investigation determined that all four family members suffered gunshot wounds.