TULA, Russia, Aug. 2 (UPI) — No arrests had been made in the slayings of five members of a Russian family whose bodies were found in a bathtub, investigators said Tuesday.
Two women and three children were found Monday in an apartment in Tula, 120 miles south of Moscow, Tatiana Sergeeva, head of the local Investigative Committee, told RIA Novosti. They appeared to have been dead for about a week.
Acting regional police Chief Andrei Mishagin said it was believed the slayings were “committed overnight from July 24 to July 25,” ITAR-Tass reported. The victims were a 60-year-old woman, her 35-year-old daughter, and her grandsons, ages 5, 6 and 8, who all had severe head wounds, the Russian news agency said.
The grandmother worked for the Yekaterinburg diocese and sang with a monastery choir, ITAR-Tass said. Neighbors said she was seen going to church, but not returning, RIA Novosti said.
The other woman worked as a real estate agent.
Police said they were working on several leads, including the younger woman’s work in real estate. The killer might have been a family acquaintance, authorities said.
“Investigators do not rule out that the murders are connected with members of a sect,” Sergeeva said without identifying the church group that may have been involved.