Detectives on Sunday continued to investigate the deaths of a woman and her two sons, who were found inside a north Modesto home Saturday evening. Investigators have not said much about the circumstances surrounding the triple homicide, including the woman’s husband, who was found with self-inflicted wounds in front of the home.
Page’s wife is the woman’s sister. He is not related to the woman’s husband. Page declined to name his sister-in-law and his nephews, information the Modesto Police Department had not released as of Sunday afternoon.
Three people were found dead inside a Modesto, California home on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The deceased included two children. One person was found alive inside the home in the 1600 block of Bay Meadows Drive. That person was taken to a nearby hospital. Detectives and crime scene personnel with the Modesto Police Department were on scene into the early morning hours.
Shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, Modesto police officers responded to the home to investigate a reported assault, according to police spokeswoman Heather Graves. The home is just east of Carver Road and a few blocks north of Briggsmore Avenue.
Page said the couple had been married for about eight years, and they had lived in the Modesto home for several years. He said his sister-in-law’s husband was the biological father of the 4-year-old boy.
Police would not say how the woman and the children knew the injured 28-year-old man found in front of the Bay Meadows home. Graves said he had what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries. She said the man was taken to a local hospital, where he remained Sunday morning receiving medical treatment.
It’s just unreal, and it’s just heartbreaking … They didn’t deserve this.
Charlene Cambra, neighbor
Page said he is well aware that his sister-in-law’s husband was being treated for his injuries, and he said his family has no intention to speak to the man. Page said his family was very confused about what happened to the mother and her sons, and they were struggling to process the information they have received from investigators.
Page, who was speaking on behalf of his family, asked news reporters for some privacy for the family as they try to deal with the grief of losing three people who were a big part of their lives.
Sunday morning, Anderson said the man had an altered level of consciousness. The battalion chief also said the man wasn’t saying much at the crime scene.
Police detectives were in the initial stages of an extensive investigation. Graves said the events leading up to the murders, as well as the cause of death, remain under investigation and have not been released.
Charlene Cambra said she didn’t hear commotion coming from the Bay Meadows home Saturday evening before the mother and her two children were found. She has lived directly across the street from the young family for four years. She said she never saw any significant disturbances coming from the home.
“It’s just unreal, and it’s just heartbreaking,” Cambra said Sunday, staring at the family’s home across the street. “I couldn’t even sleep thinking about those kids and her. They didn’t deserve this.”
They seemed to be a real quiet, nice, loving family.
Jody Sengphachanh, neighbor
Jody Sengphachanh, who lives next door to the family, said he also didn’t hear commotion before police arrived and sealed off the area Saturday evening. He also remembers seeing the children often playing on their front lawn with their mother nearby. He occasionally would say hello to the boys’ mother.
“They seemed to be a real quiet, nice, loving family,” Sengphachanh said.
Investigators ask anyone with information about this homicide to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can email through the Crime Stoppers website, www.stancrimetips.org,or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704” plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.
Bee Staff Writer Deke Farrow contributed to this news report.
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