4 Dead in Broadmeadows Home

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Police have found what appears to be drug paraphernalia at a home in Melbourne’s north ern suburbs, where four people, including a teenager, were found dead this morning.

The bodies of two men aged 37 and 32, a woman believed to be 42 and Abdul El Syed (17y/o) were discovered about 2am on Tuesday inside a unit at 32 Bicknell Court in Broadmeadows.

The group was discovered by the uncle of Abdul El Syed, who peered through the window of the home after becoming concerned about a lack of movement from inside.

After smashing open a window to gain access to the home the uncle, who lives in a neighbouring unit, found the four bodies and then called police.

Upon hearing of the situation, our Toorak Times newsroom immediately deployed our chief crime reporter, Lord Murray Schoorman from Peak Hour Images, who attended the scene and took these photos.

Victoria Police Homicide detectives arrive on scene
Victoria Police Homicide detectives arrive on scene
Victoria Police make calls to support units from the scene
Victoria Police make calls to support units from the scene
Witnesses from nearby speak with Victoria Police who piece together a timeline of events
Witnesses from nearby speak with Victoria Police who piece together a timeline of events
Victoria Police discuss their plan for investigation
Victoria Police discuss their plan for investigation

 

In a press conference at 09:30am today, Detective Inspector Dean Thomas said police were unsure how the group died and they were looking at all possibilities, including but limited to, a drug overdose.

“We think that may be the case,” he said. “We’ve gotta keep an open mind about this. It’s unusual that we find four people deceased in the one property potentially from a drug overdose. “Until we can confirm that’s the case, it could be anything.”

DI Thomas said all four people, who were yet to be formally identified, were found in the loungeroom of the home.

He said it appeared as though the group had been sitting down, but that some were found dead on the floor.

Police found several items found inside the home that Thomas said “may be drug paraphernalia” however they needed to be examined.

There were some injuries on the bodies however Thomas would not confirm who was injured nor the nature of the injuries or if the injuries related to the deaths or were pre-existing. He went on to explain, “We don’t believe that there’s been any form of violence in the place,”.

One of the victims is believed to be a resident of the Broadmeadows home and the rest were visiting.

The relationships between the four people are not yet known to the media.

“We’re trying to piece together the connections and what in actual fact they were doing at the address,” Thomas said.

At least three of the four people were known to police, including the 17-year-old boy.

Thomas said the scene was “unpleasant” and that it would have been confronting for the boy’s uncle to make the discovery.

“For the person to have found them there, very, very confronting and very traumatic for that person and of course the families of the deceased … they’ll want answers as to what has occurred,” he said.

Cory spoke to media about finding the body of his nephew, who is understood to be a father to a daughter less than 12 months old. “I’ve come home to find him gone,” he said. “He was a kid, 17 years old.”

It could take anywhere from several days to months for post-mortem examinations to be conducted, Thomas said.

He appealed to anyone who may know anything about what happened to come forward and help VicPol with their enquires.

 

Forensics arrive at the scene
Forensics arrive at the scene
Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Disaster Victim Identification
Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Disaster Victim Identification
Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Disaster Victim Identification
Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Disaster Victim Identification equipment is taken inside the residence

While the Toorak Times were on scene, specialist Police arrived from the CBR/DVI [Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Disaster Victim Identification] team, who donned full PPE/Hazmat suits prior to entering the residence. PHI 5390

 

It was recently reported by various news outlets, that local drug dealers were gravely concerned of the lethal drug fentanyl being used to cut other drugs, which would result in unexpected death of the users. It is not yet known if this specific drug contributed to the death of these 4 people.

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