The deaths of a Massachusetts woman and three young children whose bodies were found Thursday in the upstairs bedroom of a West Brookfield home are being called suspicious, according to the Worcester County district attorney.
Investigators returned to the scene Friday, the day after a well-being check inside a home on Old Warren Road led to the discovery of the bodies of the woman, her 2-year-old son, 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. Their names have not been released.
Police placed a "distraught family member" who went to the scene in protective custody, but have since released the unidentified relative, Worcester D.A. Joe Early said.
He added there have been no arrests in the case.
Authorities also asked anyone who may have seen someone or a vehicle on the road to contact state police investigators.
Meanwhile, feelings of shock and sadness rippled through the community as residents struggled to make sense of the deaths of a mother and her three young children.
Paul Fox, a concerned resident, said it was tough hearing about the deaths.
"I heard what's happening and it's just heart-breaking," Fox said. "I have small kids too and I just can't imagine that happening to anybody."
West Brookfield Police Chief Thomas O'Donnell said he understands the anxiety the community feels with the investigation.
"We're just letting people know to take the steps that you feel you need to be safe," he said.
The older two children were in kindergarten and second grade at West Brookfield Elementary School. Police, counselors and therapy dogs were on hand throughout the school day to try to help the students and faculty cope the unimaginable loss.
"I can't say enough about the outpouring of support from neighboring communities from our staff. People are coming together and we're going to get through this together," said Quaboag Regional School District Superintendent Brett Kustigian.
Anyone with information about the ongoing investigation is asked to call state police at 508-820-2121.