Autopsies scheduled for Skyline family

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Autopsies are scheduled Wednesday for the bodies of a Skyline couple and their two daughters who were discovered in a swimming pool and bathtub at their home in an apparent case of murder-suicide.

A relative visiting the house in the 100 block of Parkcreek Court about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday spotted several people in the family's backyard swimming pool, according to San Diego police.

Officers responding to the man's 911 call found the bodies of 44-year- old Alfredo Pimienta and his daughters, Emily, 9, and Priscilla, 17, in the pool, SDPD Lt. Ernie Herbert said.

Police then checked inside the house and found 38-year-old Georgina Pimienta dead in a bathtub.

Authorities initially said all four family members appeared to have drowned but official cause-of-death rulings were on hold pending autopsies. The postmortem exams are scheduled for today, Herbert said.

Evidence at the residence and interviews with relatives provided “strong evidence” that the deaths were a case of murder-suicide, according to Herbert. Investigators believe they know which family member carried out the crime, but withheld that information pending final confirmation.

The motive remained under investigation, the lieutenant said.

The relative who discovered the bodies told police Alfredo Pimienta had arranged to meet him at the family's rented home early Tuesday morning, supposedly to discuss a transaction in connection with an automotive business the two men were jointly involved in, the homicide lieutenant said.

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