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Police: 4 bodies found in basement of Troy home

Police: 4 bodies found in basement of Troy home

Homicide investigation underway; no arrests made
Police: 4 bodies found in basement of Troy home
Troy police officers speak to neighbors Tuesday in front of 158 Second Ave. in Troy.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER

TROY — Four people were found dead in an apartment house in Troy, and police suspect foul play.

No arrests had been made in connection with the deaths, as of Tuesday evening, but police spokesman Capt. Daniel DeWolf told reporters the incident was not believed to be a random act, according to news-gathering partner CBS6.

Police were called to the two-story house at 158 Second Ave. early Tuesday afternoon. The property manager there found the bodies in the basement apartment and alerted police, DeWolf said.

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In a prepared statement, DeWolf suggested police have identified the victims, though he did not release names.

"The evidence technicians and detectives continuedto process the scene and speak with family members of the victims," DeWolf wrote. "The investigation is very active."

DeWolf asked that anyone with information about the deaths contact police at 518-270-4411.

Police taped off the property and stationed police cars and a mobile command center outside on Tuesday. An investigator in a white protective suit could be seen later outside, appearing ready to enter.

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A porch light remained on at the home into the evening.

The home sits on a block between 102nd and 103rd streets, and the block remained blocked to traffic as police worked.

There are no homes directly opposite the house, only the bank of the Hudson River.

Neighbor Jason Fenton described the building as a multi-unit apartment house.

Fenton, who returned from a long holiday weekend trip Tuesday, said he didn't know any of the residents, but that children lived there.

"When I left on Friday, they were just playing outside in the snow," Fenton said of the children. "I hope this didn't involve them."

Fenton spoke to reporters as he walked his dog. 

He's lived at his Second Avenue residence, located across the street a short distance from 158 Second, for 18 years. The neighborhood has improved since then but still has its problems, he said.

"It's horrible," he said of the deaths. "It's horrible for Troy. It's horrible for this section of Troy."

He added: "This neighborhood really can't take a lot of this activity."

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