The head of the Major Crime, Detective Superintendent Grant Moyle, has confirmed this afternoon that the killings of Andrew and Rose Rowe and their daughter, Chantelle, 16, in Kapunda north of Adelaide, were a homicide
He said the murders had been carried out either late on Sunday or early yesterday and and that detectives now needed to know the movements of all three people over the weekend.
He said they all had suffered multiple injuries and that police did not know if more than one killer had been involved.
Police have asked local residents of the Barossa Valley town in the famous wine region to report anyone they saw acting suspiciously in the area, or anyone seen with a wound on themselves or blood on their clothes.
Late yesterday, police placed about 25 evidence markers at intervals along the footpath leading south from the crime scene. It is believed the markers were placed where spots of blood had been found on the ground.
Later, police were seen searching a property in Nottingham St, diagonally behind the crime scene.
Gloved detectives and uniformed police were seen searching through a yard and shed by torchlight. Officers also sorted through items of clothing in a washing machine.
A resident of the house, Holly, told AdelaideNow that detectives had told her the property was being searched as a follow-up to “something on Facebook”.
She confirmed that police had checked her laundry for bloodstains and had also searched her family’s vehicle.
Police had earlier urged residents to be “vigilant” about their safety and to report any unusual activity in the hours before the bodies were discovered yesterday morning.
AdelaideNow has learned that there is a large amount of blood in the house and some investigators entering through the front door have visibly baulked at the scene inside.
The family’s only surviving member, Christopher Rowe, 25, was flying home from a Gold Coast holiday after hearing about the tragedy.