GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) – Washington state investigators say five children between 7 and 16 years old have been found dead in a Graham area home and they may have been killed by their father.

Pierce County Sheriff’s investigators told The News Tribune the children apparently were victims of homicidal violence.

Spokesman Ed Troyer says the 35-year-old father was discovered dead Saturday afternoon in neighboring King County.

Deputies were called to check on the welfare of the children at a mobile home park after the father’s body was discovered.

Troyer identified the dead children as four girls and a 7-year-old boy.

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