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Three bodies found in Brandon house, detectives on scene

Law enforcement officials are seen at the scene of what appears to be a double murder and suicide on Hickory Creek Drive in Brandon, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.
Law enforcement officials are seen at the scene of what appears to be a double murder and suicide on Hickory Creek Drive in Brandon, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.
Published Feb. 25, 2017

BRANDON — Three people were found dead Friday in what appeared to be a double murder and a suicide, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

The bodies were discovered inside a house at 132 Hickory Creek Drive, the agency said.

Investigators were waiting for a search warrant Friday evening to enter the property.

"At this time we have no further information to release," sheriff's spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez said.

Confirmation of the victims' identities by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office may not occur until today, she said.

Neighbor Lisa DuMond, who lives down the street, said investigators told her the deceased include two women and a man.

She was sleeping during the day Friday and woke up to news of the deaths.

"I didn't hear anything or see anything funny," she said, "but it's weird seeing the helicopter circle around my house. It's pretty freaky to know this could happen anywhere."

The house is in the Hickory Creek neighborhood of east Hillsborough County, which is south of Bloomingdale Avenue and west of Bell Shoals Road. It's a picturesque neighborhood of large homes and large lots, shaded by mossy oak and cypress trees. Some residents have horses and stables, and a riding trail links some of the homes.

Senior news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Contact Anastasia Dawson at (813) 226-3377 or adawson@tampabay.com. Follow @ADawsonwrites

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