Property manager in New York finds 4 people dead in basement apartment

Four people were found dead Tuesday in a basement apartment in New York's capital region, and authorities are investigating their deaths as possible homicides.

Police didn't know when the slayings occurred, but Tedesco said it was hoped autopsies being conducted Wednesday would provide investigators with clues. The mother was 36 years old and in a relationship with a 22-year-old woman whose body was also found in the basement apartment, the chief said.

"The emotions of a police officer are something you repress because there is a job to be done", Tedesco said, adding that no one involved in this case will ever forget it.

Two children and two women were killed in their Second Avenue apartment in Troy, according to Troy Police Chief James Tedesco. Authorities are not releasing their identities pending notification of relatives.

The names of the victims were not identified and Tedesco declared their deaths a homicide this afternoon at a news conference. State police were involved in the investigation along with NY parole officials, Tedesco said.

Troy Police Sgt. Mark Malloy told CNN that the deaths appear suspicious.

Troy is about 10 miles from the state capital of Albany and about 160 miles north of New York City. "We don't believe there is a danger to the public".

Investigators were still working at the scene Wednesday morning. Few people ventured out on the snow-covered sidewalks in temperatures in the teens.

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