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5 Dead in Murder-Suicide After Arson Destroys Facility for Adults with Disabilities: Cops

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Authorities say that the five people found dead two months ago after a fire ripped through their California adult care facility were likely the victims of a murder-suicide, PEOPLE confirms.

Four of the five bodies recovered from the torched assisted-living home in Temecula, California, bore gunshot wounds, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in California.

Police believe those four were killed by a fifth man, who killed himself soon after setting the fire that consumed the building.

The bodies found following the Aug. 29 blaze belonged to Milford Battison, 37, Richard Driskill, 35, Miguel Ferreyra, 31, Jared Prudhomme, 26, and their caretaker, James Jennex, who was 50.

Jennex was the facility’s administrator and was licensed to care for up to four adults with developmental disabilities, state records confirm.

Police have not identified which of the men was the killer and have yet to provide a motive for the shootings.

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The Renee Jennex Small Family Home was licensed in 2003, according to records. The home passed its most recent inspection, which was conducted nearly a year ago.

A police statement says evidence recovered from the scene indicates the fire was an act of arson.

Detectives say their investigative efforts have been hampered by the sheer devastation caused by the fire, which consumed critical evidence, including patient records.

Those with information pertinent to the ongoing investigation are asked to call Riverside County sheriff’s homicide investigator Brandon Mullins at 951-955-2777.