NEW PORT RICHEY — A teenage girl came home from school Monday afternoon to make a horrifying find: A man had hanged himself in the home.
She called 911, and the police officers who responded to the home at 6018 Maplewood Drive found it was even worse. The girl's mother was in another part of the house, apparently beaten to death.
New Port Richey police Chief James Steffens said the case is a murder-suicide.
"We believe the suspect of this murder is dead inside the house," Steffens told reporters gathered outside the home Monday evening.
Police on Monday night identified the dead woman as Tina Diane Lane, 37. They didn't release the name of the man because they were still searching for his family late Monday.
Lane lived at the home, but the man did not, Steffens said. A news release described the man as a "known acquaintance to the family."
Police said there was no history of police calls to the house.
"My heart goes out to this family," Steffens said.
He thought about the girl who made the discovery, and added: "I think we can all sympathize with this traumatic experience."
New Port Richey police are spearheading the investigation, with help from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office forensics team.
The area around the home, near Gulf High School, was cordoned off with police tape. At least eight emergency vehicles surrounded the home Monday evening.
A group of people sat in a driveway across the street, shattered by the news, embracing each other.