ISP says four people found dead in Austin home were shot in the head

Jasmine Abbott, Katelynn Bennett, Ryan Bennett (source: Facebook)
Jasmine Abbott, Katelynn Bennett, Ryan Bennett (source: Facebook)

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AUSTIN, IN (WAVE) - Indiana State Police say the four people found dead in an Austin, Indiana home Friday night were shot in the head.

The bodies were found at a home at 310 South New York Street in Austin. The Coroner's office has released the names of the victims as 30-year-old Amanda Bennett, 14-year-old Jasmine Abbott, 9-year-old Katelynn Bennett, and 4-year-old Ryan Bennett.

Police say Amanda Bennett was the biological mother of the all of the deceased children.

Police say preliminary reports indicate Amanda Bennett and Katelynn Bennett died from a gunshot wound to the head and smoke inhalation. ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin says there was a fire inside the home, but would not elaborate. Preliminary reports also say Jasmine Abbott and Ryan Bennett died from gunshot wounds to the head area.

"There is no words that I can come up with that are bad enough to be able to describe how terrible of a situation this is," Sgt. Goodin says.

According to Goodin the focus of the investigation is on the victims and everything that went on that day in the privacy of their home.

The official causes of death will not be determined until toxicology results from autopsies return which typically takes up to six weeks.

On Friday afternoon, an officer from the Austin City Police Department forced his way into the home on New York Street to check on the welfare of the residents. Police say when the officer entered the home he noticed parts of the house had been burned and he found four victims inside dead.

At this time, police aren't not saying who shot the victims. Sgt. Goodin says at this time they are not looking for a suspect.

Neighbors are shocked by the discovery. "It's just hard. It's hard to believe," Rhonda Smith says.

Michael Kemper who lives two doors down adds, "I would see mom jogging up and down the road, walking her dog and she'd have her kids out playing. She was playing with the kids and stuff. It's just crazy".

Counselors will be at Scott County District 1 schools on Monday.

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