HOUSE OF HORROR: Mum, four kids in WA shooting tragedy

UPDATE: A MUM and her four children were among the seven people found dead today on a rural property south of Perth.

Katrina Miles' body was found alongside those of her three sons and one daughter, who she homeschooled, early on Friday morning.

Katrina Miles with her four children.
Katrina Miles with her four children. Facebook

Police have described the incident, at a rural property in Osmington, 20km northeast of Margaret River, as an "horrific tragedy" and are treating it as a murder-suicide.

Only a month ago, Ms Miles claimed on her Facebook page that: "My ex does not stop stalking me" according to The Australian.

News.com.au has seen a social media post from someone who knew the family which said: "Lovely people, but crazy ex-husband".

In a Facebook post on her own page, Ms Miles described herself as the "parent of four beautiful children". It's understood all four kids had autism.

The Osmington property is also home to Ms Miles parents, Cynda and Peter. The elder Ms Miles has a side business in making woollen goods. Mr Miles is a farm maintenance worker.

Police have yet to publicly identify the victims.

In a press conference this afternoon, Western Australia Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said police were called to the property at 5.15am Friday to find seven bodies`. Two firearms were located at the property.

Mr Dawson described the discovery as "devastating".

Two adults were found outside the house and the other five victims, including four kids, were found inside.

Police also found two firearms at the scene.

The deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide, according to the ABC. Mr Dawson told reporters in Perth he was unable to confirm this but said some of the bodies had gunshot wounds.

The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan has tweeted about the incident, saying the events were "tragic and shocking".

Neighbour Richard Dosser told the ABC he had spoken to someone who lived in the house who worked as a farm maintenance worker.

"I was talking to him on the phone last night, I was going to ask him to come over tomorrow," he said.

"He seemed very vague."

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Felicity, a neighbour, told Sydney radio station 2GB's Ben Fordham that somebody on her property heard gunshots early this morning and "thought it was just people out roo shooting".

The woman said the property contained two houses, one relatively new, for the occupants to live in.

"I loved them dearly," said Felicity.

The Shire President of Augusta-Margaret River, Pam Townsend, told 2GB what had happened was surreal.

"It's surreal that this is happening here in our beautiful little community.

"When we hear of violence like this, it is just shocking. We really need to talk about violence, don't we, in our society.

"This is going to have an enormous effect on young people in the community."

The events in our South West are tragic and shocking. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims, and also with the first responders and investigators as they piece together this tragic set of circumstances.

Osmington is mostly rural, made up of vineyards and farmland properties.

The police commissioner said homicide detectives were helping local police with the investigation, supported by specialist units and a chaplain.

"This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community and, in particular, the local communities in our southwest," Mr Dawson said.

Mr Dawson said it was "not appropriate" to speculate on further details, but assured the community there were no "wider public safety issues".

The commissioner said the incident had taken its toll on first responders.

"This is an horrific tragedy for any person involved and, clearly, officers and other first responders attending these sort of scenes, they find it tragic. We will get on with our job but, regrettably, these tragedies do take their toll on everyone," he said.

In a statement, West Australian Police said officers were expected to remain at the home for "an extended period of time".

Police rushed to the rural property just after 5am after receiving an emergency call.

The commissioner confirmed the person who made the call had a connection to the property but would not confirm the nature of the link.

He was also unable to confirm the ages of the children as police were still notifying family members.

Mr Dawson also urged anyone with any information about the tragedy to contact police.

"There's a priority to these investigations so we'll immediately concentrate on the

actual scene itself and, as matters are further investigated, naturally, we would be asking for anyone that does know anything about this matter to contact police," he said.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or who saw or heard anything suspicious in the Osmington area this morning, is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

EARLIER: THE bodies of four children and three adults have been found at a property northwest of Margaret River in what police have described as a "horrific tragedy".

Detectives from the major crimes squad are currently at a rural property in Osmington, 20kms north east of Margaret River, after seven were found dead.

In a press conference this afternoon, WA police commissioner Chris Dawson said police were called to the property at 5.15am this morning to find seven deceased people.

He described the discovery as a "horrific tragedy".

Police found the bodies of four children and three adults.

Two adults were located outside and the other five were found inside the house.

"This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community and, in particular, the local communities in our south-west," Commissioner Dawson said.

"Homicide Squad detectives from Perth are assisting local police in investigating the circumstances surrounding this tragedy. They will be supported by other specialist police units.

"A police chaplain is in attendance to provide support to all persons, officers and others that are impacted by what has happened.

"As I'm sure you'd appreciate it, it's not appropriate for me to speculate on any further matters. I can only say at this point in time, we have no information to raise concern about wider public safety issues at this point in time. We will provide an update later today as this investigation continues. I will take questions but, as I've said, there's little more that I can add at this point in time," he said.

A number of publications are reporting the deaths are due to a murder-suicide.

Commissioner Dawson was unable to confirm the murder-suicide but did confirm some of the bodies had gunshot wounds.

Police rushed to the rural property just after 5am this morning after receiving an emergency call.

Officers are currently trying to locate next of kin.

Commissioner Dawson also urged anyone with any information about the Osmington tragedy to contact police as they begin to comb through evidence.

"There's a priority to these investigations so we'll immediately concentrate on the actual scene itself and, as matters are further investigated, naturally, we would be asking for anyone that does know anything about this matter to contact police," he said.

Police are expected to be at the property for several days investigating.

More to come.

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EARLIER: Detectives are currently investigating a tragedy northwest of Margaret River that left seven people dead.

It is understood the remains of seven people have been found in a house in the southwest West Australian town.

Detectives from the major crimes squad headed to a rural property in Osmington this morning, 20kms north east of Margaret River.

In a press conference this afternoon, WA police commissioner Chris Dawson said police were called to the property at 5.15am this morning to find seven deceased people.

Police found the bodies of four children and three adults.

Two adults were located outside and the other five were found inside the house.

Police also found two firearms at the scene.

"This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community and, in particular, the local communities in our south-west," Commissioner Dawson said.

"Homicide Squad detectives from Perth are assisting local police in investigating the circumstances surrounding this tragedy. They will be supported by other specialist police units. "A police chaplain is in attendance to provide support to all persons, officers and others that are impacted by what has happened.

"As I'm sure you'd appreciate it, it's not appropriate for me to speculate on any further matters. I can only say at this point in time, we have no information to raise concern about wider public safety issues at this point in time. We will provide an update later today as this investigation continues. I will take questions but, as I've said, there's little more that I can add at this point in time," he said.

A number of publications are reporting the deaths are due to a murder-suicide.

More to come.

EARLIER: Detectives are on their way to Margaret River after a reported mass tragedy has left seven people dead.

It is understood detectives from the major crime squad are travelling to Margaret River from Perth this morning.

It is understood the remains of seven people have been found in a house in the southwest West Australian town.

A number of publications are reporting the deaths are due to a murder-suicide.

WA police commissioner Chris Dawson is expected to provide more information in a press conference shortly.

More to come.



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