Police are investigating a suspected murder-suicide case involving a couple and their son who were found dead in their Sai Wan apartment.
At around 8:25 p.m. on Monday, police received a report about a strange odor coming from one of the residential units at Evergreen Tower in Western Garden, a residential estate in Sai Ying Pun, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. Neighbors suspected a gas leak.
Responding police and firefighters broke into the unit, and found the bodies of a 42-year-old man, a 40-year-old woman and a seven-year-old boy. Investigators were told the three were a family.
All were believed to have been dead for quite some time before their bodies were found.
A basin of burnt charcoal was found in the flat, leading investigators to suspect that the parents burned charcoal after administering pills to their son, RTHK reported.
The case, listed as murder and suicide, is being handled by the District Crime Squad of the Western District.
Post-mortem examinations would be conducted to ascertain the causes of their deaths.
Western Garden, which was developed by the Housing Society in 1982, had seen several cases of untimely deaths in the past, including a woman who plunged to her death in July 2007 and a man who hanged himself in December that year.
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