4:40 p.m. Update: Butte County Sheriff’s detectives said Wednesday afternoon they believe following a domestic dispute, 32-year-old Francesco Milone shot and killed his wife, 30-year-old Kaela Steele and their 8-year-old son Franklin Milone.

Detectives say Francesco Milone subsequently took his own life.

The exact cause of death is pending autopsies.

The investigation is still ongoing.

OROVILLE (AP) – Authorities in Northern California say deputies doing a welfare check on a woman found her and two other people dead inside her home.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office says deputies found the bodies Tuesday night in Oroville after receiving a call from the woman’s brother who said he hadn’t seen her in more than a week.

The man told authorities there was a smell coming from the sister’s home.

The office says that as deputies headed to the home, the man called back and told dispatch he had opened a window and could see his sister on the floor.

Officials say they are investigating the deaths as “suspicious.”

Authorities have not released the circumstances surrounding the deaths or the victims’ identities.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

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