OCEANSIDE (CNS) - Authorities released the names Tuesday of a woman and her older brother, who were found dead in their North County home in an apparent case of murder-suicide carried out by the man.
Police officers conducting a welfare check found the bodies of Shelly Bradford, 52, and 56-year-old Robert Bradford in separate bedrooms at the home in the 300 block of Via Metates in Oceanside shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, Lt. Leonard Mata said. A gun lay near the body of the man.
The woman's Labrador retriever also had been killed, according to Mata.
The dog's body was in the same room as the dead man.
Detectives believe Robert Bradford shot his sister and the dog before turning the gun on himself, though official cause-of-death rulings were on hold pending completion of autopsies, the lieutenant said.
The siblings reportedly were having serious financial difficulties, had sold their house were scheduled to move out today.
Police went to the home at the request of a medical staffer who was concerned because Robert Bradford had missed several doctor's appointments, according to Mata.
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OCEANSIDE (CNS) - Oceanside police on Tuesday were investigating an apparent murder-suicide in which a financially distressed 56-year-old man allegedly killed his sick 52-year-old sister and her dog before taking his own life.
The bodies were discovered in separate bedrooms in a home in the 300 block of Via Metates shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, Oceanside police said in a statement.
Officers went to the home after the man failed to show up for a medical appointment. Both individuals were apparently shot to death, police said, noting that a handgun was found near the man's body.
Police did not immediately confirm the man and woman's relationship but three neighbors told The San Diego Union-Tribune they were siblings.
The man was in financial distress, the newspaper reported, noting that two neighbors confirmed the home was recently sold and the siblings were scheduled to leave Tuesday.
"It appears, based on our preliminary findings, that it is a murder-suicide. But that hasn't been confirmed yet. The investigation is ongoing," Oceanside police Capt. Leonard Mata told the Union-Tribune.
Police did not speculate on when the shootings likely occurred. Neighbor Serena Rodarte told the Union-Tribune that she heard a single gunshot Sunday but mistook it for a car backfiring.
The dog was a black Labrador that belonged to the woman, according to the newspaper.
Neighbor Mary May told the Union-Tribune that the sister had a kidney disorder and was on dialysis.
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