RCMP say four people — reportedly members of the same family — have been found dead in a Guysborough County residence.
One woman told The Canadian Press her sister was among the dead, and she described herself as an aunt to the other deceased.
Police said in a release the deceased were found in a home in Upper Big Tracadie, but area residents say the residence is on Highway 16 in Lincolnville, a small community that borders with Upper Big Tracadie near the boundary with Antigonish County.
Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said police were called at about 6 p.m. and found all four victims inside the residence. She couldn't say who made the call to police, or how long the people had been dead.
“It's pretty early for that kind of information,” she said. “Everything is very preliminary right now.”
She said based on the initial investigation police believe there is no risk to the public, but she wouldn't say why.
“It's information that I can't get into right now.”
Whether or not police have any suspects was also something that Clarke said she couldn't disclose, nor could she comment on the nature of the deaths, or whether foul play was believed to be involved.
“I just don't have that information available to give you,” she said at 10 p.m.
She said there wasn't much more information available, including the ages or genders of the people found.
Investigators expect to be on the scene for some time.
Sheila Pelly, the municipal councillor for the Lincolnville area, said she didn't know what happened, except that it was “drastic.”
She said she had been to to the scene and knows the property, but didn't want to comment further.
Warden Vernon Pitts said he had only been briefed by the municipality's CAO, but was waiting to hear from the RCMP.
“My understanding is there has been a tragedy in the community of Lincolnville .... There were four fatalities, as of yet I don't know what happened,” he said. “I've heard rumours, but I'm not willing to speculate until I hear from the RCMP.”
He said he hopes to be able to work with local MLA Lloyd Hines to arrange for grief counsellors to be sent to the area.
“It's going to shake the community severely,” he said. “I think it's imperative that we get grief counsellors in the community as soon as possible.”
With the Canadian Press