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Three identities confirmed in Rancho Santa Fe murder-suicide

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Homeowner Michael Arya and girlfriend Marina Ryzhkova Homeowner Michael Arya and girlfriend Marina Ryzhkova
Sayeh Amini, sister of homeowner Sayeh Amini, sister of homeowner
Hannah Arya, daughter of homeowner Hannah Arya, daughter of homeowner
Mia Shin, family friend Mia Shin, family friend

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (CBS 8) -- One of the women found dead inside a Rancho Santa Fe home this week had severe mental problems, which may have led to a double-murder and suicide, according to her family's attorney.

Sayeh Amini, 48, was the sister of the homeowner, Michael Arya, 59. 

All three bodies found Monday in the house on Via de la Valle now have been identified.

CBS News 8 has also learned that the mother of the teenage victim recently filed a large lien against the Rancho Santa Fe home.

Property records show Amini was named trustee of the estate after her brother Michael Arya died in April from lung cancer.

“She was going through depression because of her brother's passing, even to the point of being suicidal,” said the family’s attorney, Carl Starrett.

Starrett said Amini had severe mental issues and her husband tried unsuccessfully to have her committed to a hospital two times in recent weeks.

“Apparently, she thought that friends of Michael Arya were somehow going to blame her for his death and ruin her financially,” said Starrett.

The attorney said deputies found Amini’s body in the home, along with the bodies of her teenage niece, Hannah Arya, and family friend Mia Shin, 56.

Less than two weeks before the murders, Hannah Arya’s mother, Susan Wagner, filed a $125,000 lien against the Rancho Santa Fe property, seeking unpaid child support and attorney’s fees in her divorce from the child's father, Michael Arya.

“It is unlikely (Amini) would have known about this lien because it takes the recorder's office 10 days to give notice of the lien,” said the family attorney.

With the homeowner's sister and daughter now deceased, the successor trustee of the million-dollar home is Arya's 30-year-old girlfriend, Marina Ryzhkova, who was in Russia at the time of the killings.

Currently, the surviving beneficiaries of Michael Arya’s trust agreement are Ryzhkova, as well as a niece and a nephew, Starrett said.

The family attorney offered an apology to the victims on behalf of Amini's husband, James Moliere, who lives in Clairemont Mesa.

“It is an incredibly tragic situation and his thoughts and prayers go out to everybody,” said Starrett.

Update:  New information released Friday confirms it was a murder suicide. Investigators believe Amini murdered her niece and Hannah Arya. She then killed herself. Sheriff's homicide investigators officially identified the victims, saying all three died from "sharp force injuries."

The medical examiner said Hannah Arya and Mia Shin died as the result of homicide.  Sayeh Amini's death was from suicide, according to the medical examiner.

Detectives said the homeowner’s Russian girlfriend is not considered a suspect in the murders.

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