Officials say that Robert Short found his wife, son and granddaughter's bodies 'scattered throughout the house'

By Char Adams
January 05, 2016 05:40 PM
WLTZ;;playerWidth=630;playerHeight=385;isShowIcon=true;clipId=12114487;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=News;advertisingZone=;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript;controlsType=fixedWLTZ 38 | Columbus Georgia Regional News Georgia police are investigating a triple homicide possibly connected to a burglary after a grandfather returned home from work to find his wife, son and granddaughter dead, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The victims were Gloria Short, 54, Caleb Short, 17, and 11-year-old granddaughter Giane Lindsey, Greg Touchberry, with the Columbus, Georgia, Police Department, tells PEOPLE.

Police responded to the call at around 8 a.m. and the Muscogee County Coroner’s office pronounced the three dead just before 9:30 a.m.

“It’s a brutal death,” Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan told the Ledger-Enquirer. “It’s a horrible situation. It’s out of the ordinary for us to run across a triple homicide like this.”

Bryan told the publication that the victims each died of blunt force trauma and their bodies were “scattered throughout the house.”

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Lt. Ronnie Hasting, of the Columbus Police Department, told WLTZ that in his more than 30 years with the force, there had never been a murder on Bentley Drive.

Officials said there was an “apparent break-in” at the residence, authorities noted that Short arrived at the home to find the garage door open and two vehicles missing, the Enquirer reports.

A Volkswagon Beetle and a GMC Envoy were reported missing from the home, according to NBC News.

Authorities found the vehicles abandoned about 20 miles away.