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Woman finds mother, daughter dead in home

Police say a grandmother and granddaughter found slain at their home Wednesday were killed by the child's grandfather, whose body was later found in a car about a mile from the family home.

Police responding to a 911 call Wednesday afternoon found the bodies of Cynthia Calderin, 43, and her granddaughter, 9-year-old Eve Calderin. The emergency call was placed by Jodi Bushatz, 28, when she arrived home from work and found the bodies of her mother and her daughter.

Both had been shot, and police found a .38-caliber revolver at the home in west Hollywood.

"It was an apparent double murder-suicide," said police spokesman Todd DeAngelis, who added that a note found at the home and the gun led police to suspect Ms. Calderin's husband, unemployed truck driver Desiderio Calderin.

After reading the note, investigators searched for Calderin, 49, according to another police spokeswoman, Stephanie Norris. They also were looking for Ms. Calderin's gray Oldsmobile Cutlass.

The Calderins; their daughter, Ms. Bushatz; and the child all lived at the west Hollywood address.

"(The Calderins) were raising the child as their own, but she was really their granddaughter, born to Jodi," Norris said.

Late Wednesday morning, police got another 911 call, this one from a resident who lives about five blocks from the Calderin family home.

"He saw a man in the back seat of a car there, thought he was sleeping and tried to wake him. When he couldn't, the witness called police," Norris said.

Officers found Calderin in the back seat of his wife's car.

"He was dead of a gunshot wound to the lower left chest," Norris said. "Apparently, it was self-inflicted."

The family's neighbors were shocked by the deaths.

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