FOUR family members have been found dead and the sole survivor seriously injured after they ‘jumped off a balcony together’.
Police were called to the scene in Montreux, Switzerland, after five people reportedly jumped together from a building next to a casino.
The Vaud police report that the dead are: a man, 40, his wife, 41, their daughter, 8, and the woman’s 41-year-old twin sister.
A 15-year-old boy is the sole survivor of the mystery and was hospitalized with catastrophic injuries, according to sources Le Temps.
Formal identification is “still ongoing” but police have confirmed that the five members of the same family are French nationals.
Several neighbors in the area who were interviewed said the incident happened around 6 a.m.
A neighbor said he clearly saw three bodies on one side and two on the other.
He said: “I thought it was a bad film, I couldn’t look at the picture for more than a few seconds.”
Another witness who was present at the scene before police arrived claimed that the people were lying on the ground barefoot.
Vaud police spokesman Alexandre Bisenz said The Daily Beast that the group appear to have “pounced visibly from an apartment into space” and landed hard on the pavement below, where they were found by passers-by.
The police also confirmed that there were no other people in the apartment apart from them.
According to a police press release released around 1 p.m., the tragedy happened after two officers went to the apartment “to execute a prefectural arrest warrant related to the home schooling of a child.”
The police knocked on the door and heard a voice asking who was there, but then they heard no more noise from the apartment.
After being unable to make contact, they left the premises, but a witness called the police and reported that “people had fallen from the balcony of an apartment”.
Katya, 35, said look: “I was woken up by the noise of the police rushing in with a large number of emergency vehicles. We have a Whatsapp group with the neighbors and people thought there was a raid on the casino.”
Her colleague Rosa, 66, said: “I’ve lived in the area for 32 years, I’ve never experienced anything like this. I thought maybe it’s someone I know. Everyone says it’s a family.”
A neighbor described the family, who moved in three years ago, as “unobtrusive” and “very reserved”.
“You haven’t heard from them, your father never greeted you in the hallway and ordered numerous packages almost every day.”
However, he claimed to have smelled a strong smell of incense sticks in the last few days before the incident.
Police did not confirm whether the jumpers were this family, but a full investigation is underway.
Dozens of police officers and a special forensic unit were on site, cordoning off the crime scene, collecting analyses, inspecting the balconies and using a police dog to search for clues.
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