Police are investigating a potential murder-suicide after a shocking discovery was made inside a home in a gated community in Irvine .

Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to 58 Riverboat for a welfare check, the Irvine Police Department said in a news release.

Extended family members of the home’s residents reported to Canadian authorities they had been unable to reach the residents for over one year and were concerned. Canadian authorities contacted Irvine Police and requested a welfare check.

A father, mother and adult son reportedly lived at the home.

“Responding officers entered the home and discovered three severely decomposed bodies inside
that appeared to be adults,” police said.

There were no signs of forced entry into the home and the department is not searching for outstanding suspects.

There are some indications this was a domestic-related incident that resulted in a murder-suicide, Irvine Police said.

Residents near the home where the bodies were found said many people who own property in the community purchased the homes as vacation properties or investments so it wasn’t unusual for homes to appear vacant. The outside of the home also received regular maintenance and groundskeeping through the homeowner’s association, neighbors said.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Detective Gavin Hudson at ghudson@cityofirvine.org or 949-724-7168.