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4 bodies found inside home in Celebration, Fla.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Four people were found dead inside a home in Celebration, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office confirmed late Monday.

Maj. Jacob Ruiz, a spokesman for the agency, also confirmed that a suspect was in custody. Ruiz did not identify the suspect and said the identities of the deceased would not be released until the medical examiner's office conducted autopsies.

The Sheriff's Office has released few details about what is believed to have happened inside the Reserve Place home and have not said how or when the four people died. They also did not say what charges the person who was taken into custody would face.

Earlier in the day, Ruiz said deputies were looking to see if the death investigation was related to a recent report about a missing family. The Orlando Sentinel requested any missing person reports related to those involved in the death investigation, but the agency did not acknowledge the public records request.

Marcelo Rodrigues, a neighbor who lives down the street from the Reserve Place home, said he saw deputies there early Monday yelling for the residents to open up the front door. Soon after, Rodrigues said he saw a man who lived there in handcuffs outside the home.

He said the man lived there with his family, including three young kids.

"We are in shock," Rodrigues said. "It's terrible."

At a brief news conference Monday, Sheriff Russ Gibson said deputies were called to a home on Reserve Place about 9 a.m. in the North Village neighborhood about a suspicious death.


"All parties involved with this investigation are accounted for," Gibson said. He would not answer reporters' questions.

Deputies had almost an entire block on Reserve Place taped off with yellow crime tape well into the afternoon, as well as a large portion of a park on Celebration Boulevard near the intersection at Reeves Street. The home where deputies began the death investigation early Monday was a two-story, single-family white house, with a large front porch.

(Staff writer Katie Rice contributed to this story.)

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