Man, Woman Found Dead in San Juan Capistrano Home; Investigation Underway

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An investigation was underway Sunday in San Juan Capistrano after two people were found dead inside a home, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.


An investigation was underway after two people were found dead inside a home in San Juan Capistrano on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The discovery was made at a residence in the 32000 block of Peppertree Bend (map), the Sheriff’s Department tweeted shortly before 5 a.m.

Deputies responded to a 911 call of “unknown trouble” at the residence, where they found a man and a woman, both deceased, said Lt. Jeff Hallock.

An injured juvenile at the scene was taken to a hospital, the Los Angeles Times reported. Investigators would not confirm if any other children were home at the time of the incident.

The deaths were “preliminarily being investigated as a homicide,” according to a tweet from the Sheriff’s Department.

A suspect or motive had not been identified as of Sunday evening.

The names of the victims were not released by authorities, but neighbors identified the two adults as Brad and Audra Sachs.

“They were the most genuine people. They were beautiful,” said a distraught Brittany Zkiba, a friend of the Sachses.

The couple, who lived in the 10,000-square-foot-house, reportedly had five children — two of whom are college students, two teenagers and an 8-year-old.

Ken Baum, who has rented a commercial space from the Sachses for the past two years, said they owned several businesses, were difficult to deal with and seemed to have their share of legal troubles.

“They changed their name a couple of times on the checks that we’d send to them, and basically they didn’t keep their agreements very well at all,” Baum said.

Asked if residents in the area had any reason to be fearful, Hallock, the sheriff’s lieutenant, responded: “All I’ll say is that this is a very safe community. The incident was isolated to that particular residence. Anything further, or any more specifics other than that, I can’t comment on.”

Three dogs, all unharmed, were removed from the Sachses home.

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