Family of four found dead a month on from suspected murder suicide

A family of four have been found dead in a suspected murder suicide a month after they died after neighbours complained about a bad smell and swarms of flies gathering around the windows.

Police suspect Firuz Erov, 42, killed his 40-year-old wife Yulia and their two daughters inside their apartment in the Russian city of Shchyolkovo, northeast of Moscow.

Neighbours contacted the police after they noticed a bad smell coming from the front door, and officers arrived on the scene to find the dead bodies inside the apartment on May 30.

No one had previously raised the alarm about the family's disappearance as sisters Diana, 17, and Dayana, 11, were homeschooled.

Yulia Erov, 40, pictured with her husband Faruz Erov, 42.
Yulia Erov, 40, and her husband Faruz Erov, 42. Source: Newsflash/ Australscope

Relatives had not noticed their disappearance either as they mostly live in Tajikistan.

Investigators do not yet know the motive for the crime.

However, they suspect there had been tension between Erov and his wife because the former had allegedly gambled away significant sums of money.

Police believe the dead bodies had been decomposing inside the apartment for around a month, and neighbours filmed swarms of flies gathering outside the apartment's windows.

Victims 17-year-old Diana Erov (right) and 11-year-old Dayana Erov (left) are pictured.
Diana Erov, 17, and her 11-year-old Dayana Erov (left) were found dead in the home. Source: Newsflash/ Australscope

The female victims' bodies were found inside the apartment with numerous stab wounds in the chest area.

Erov's dead body was found without visible injuries.

Officers seized a number of items from the scene as the authorities carried out autopsies on the dead bodies.

The investigation continues.

– Australscope

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