5 May News reports are saying that three women were found dead in a house in Christchurch at 10.30 this morning.
Police haven’t released any details about how the women died at the house in Apsley Drive, Avonhead but initial reports are that they’re not looking for anyone in connection with the deaths.
One radio report said that police at the house had opened up all the doors and windows.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased.
As the day progressed more emerged about the tragic incident. The three women were later named as Sung Eun Cho, 43, Yeon Jae Baek, 17, known as Holly, and Yeon Sue Baek, 13, known as Kelly, the girls were students at St Andrew’s College. 3News also said that the property had been visited this morning by immigration officials:
“A spokeswoman for the Immigration Service declined to comment tonight and said any questions should be directed to police.”
The house where the bodies was found had a “sold” real estate sign displayed outside.
According to the Ray White web site the property was recently sold at auction on 26 April. The property was described as follows:
“Its “Good Morning Sunshine!” in this light and welcoming entrance. Discover the pleasures of family life in this spacious five bedroom home. Three double bedrooms upstairs plus a full bathroom. Of the two bedrooms downstairs, one is the master bedroom with a wet floor ensuite and the other bedroom could be a large office. The modern kitchen combines with a dining room that would suit a large family dining table. Located across from Crosbie Park and close to Avonhead Mall.”
The house was also listed on Trade Me
Gas appliances could not be seen on any of the promotional photographs of the property, its sole source of combustion heating appeared to be a log burner in the open plan dining room, that’s in addition to a heat pump / air conditioner. However, it may be possible that the family was using a free standing gas heater which is a common form of heating in many homes in New Zealand.
Update 10 May – The body of a Korean man found in a public place in Avonhead yesterday morning has been confirmed as that of Young Jin Baek, husband of Sung Eun Cho. Police are not looking for anyone in connection with his death. (source)
What a terrible tragedy, our deepest sympathies are extended to the communities that knew this lovely family. There has been much speculation about the cause of the mother and daughter’s deaths and why Immigration officials were due to visit them on the day their bodies were found. No doubt the truth may come out at the inquest, if it is ever held.