Seven dead in mass tragedy at Margaret River

Four children and three adults have been found dead after a tragedy near Margaret River in Western Australia.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said officers responded to a “horrific incident” at a rural property in Osmington about 5.15am Friday (local time) where they located seven bodies.

It is understood police received a phone call from a male inside the building. The phone call was recorded but Mr Dawson would not reveal the identity of the caller.

Seven people found dead in a suspected murder-suicide at this rural property south of Perth on Friday morning. Source: 7 News

“Upon arrival, police located seven people deceased… I can only describe it as a horrific situation,” he said in a press conference on Friday morning.

“This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community, and in particular the local communities in our southwest. 


He said the bodies of two adults were located outside and five bodies were located inside a building on the rural property, approximately 20 kilometres north-east of Margaret River in Western Australia’s south-west.

The bodies were found just before dawn on Friday morning at a property in Osmington, WA. Source: 7 News

Two firearms were also found at the property, and gunshot wounds were present on some of the bodies, the police said.

“It appears that gunshot wounds are there but I don’t want to go further than that,” Mr Dawson said.

Police responded to the emergency at Osmington near Margaret River. Source: Google Maps

Five of the seven victims are believed to be Katrina Miles and her four children, aged between 8 and 13.

Five of the seven victims are believed to be Katrina Miles and her four children, aged between 8 and 13. Source: 7 News
Peter and Cynda Miles. Source: 7 News

The other two victims are understood to be Katrina’s parents Peter and Cynda Miles, who lived at the property.

Homicide squad detectives from Perth are assisting the police investigating the circumstances surrounding this tragedy.

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