SAN PATRICIO COUNTY, Texas — Local law enforcement officers are investigating an incident where four bodies were found at an RV park in San Patricio County.
Aransas Pass police said four people were found dead in the RV shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday.
Police are calling the incident a triple murder/suicide.
The person who died of suicide is 15-year-old William Quince Colburn III. The other deceased persons were 63-year-old William Colburn Jr., 53-year-old Jana Colburn and 13-year-old Emma Colburn.
The incident occurred at the Aransas Oaks RV Park, 2250 S. Commercial in Ingleside.
Earlier, APPD officers said they were notified about a male juvenile who sent graphic images on a social media platform that said he had killed his family. Police said he also threatened to continue violence at an area school.
That led them to go to a residence where the young man was thought to be living.
When they arrived, they made contact with the male juvenile and asked him to step out of his residence. He refused. Then, officers said they heard a single gunshot and what sounded like a thud of a person falling to the ground. They then entered the RV and discovered the graphic scene that had earlier been described to them by the juvenile on social media.
The male juvenile was found deceased with a gunshot wound, police said. Investigators also found three other deceased bodies and two deceased dogs at the crime scene.
The relatives of the victims released this statement:
We would like to start off by saying thank you for all of the support and love coming in from Family, Friends and the Community. We are deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded today. Like many in the community, we are HURT, OUTRAGED, SAD and most of all, a sense of emptiness. We should be celebrating our Mother’s 53rd Birthday today. Instead, we are having to run around and try to figure out how we are going to lay them all to rest. While we appreciate and understand so many emotions being shared with us, on behalf of all of my siblings, I ask that you take into consideration that even with the way this all played out, we are still mourning 4 individuals. We ask that you find it in your hearts to please donate, share and to also understand that we are grieving.
The APPD has been working with the Aransas Pass Independent School District and Ingleside Independent School District administration.
At this time, police remain confident there is no continuing threat to area-wide students or staff.
Police credit the social media website and other juveniles within the group where the threat was made for notifying them about the incident.
San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera shared information about the case on social media that the suspect was 15 years old. He said investigators from his department remain on the scene as they continue their work on the case.
"Our investigation continues on this sad tragedy and of course we have so many unanswered questions," Rivera said in a Facebook post. "We are trying to find answers."
The San Patricio Sheriff's office also was working the case from a different complaint that had been shared to them by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
If you, or someone you know, suffers from mental health-related issues or is contemplating suicide, please call 800-273-8255 (TALK) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Support for people who are deaf and hard of hearing can be reached by calling 800-799-4889.