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Parents, 2 young kids found dead in rural southwestern Ontario home

A family of four was found dead in a home in Harrow, on Thursday afternoon — leaving the tight-knit southwestern Ontario community reeling.

Ontario Provincial Police have said the causes of death and the identities of the deceased “cannot yet be confirmed,” but described all four deceased as “victims” and said that police believe “there is no imminent threat to public safety.”

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Essex Mayor Sherry Bondy said the victims were a mother, father and their two children: a boy and a girl. Flags are being lowered to half-mast as the tight-knit community mourns.

Bondy said free counselling services will be available to anyone in the community who needs it at the Harrow Health Centre next Monday through Wednesday.

Officers were called to a home on County Road 13 in Harrow at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, where the four bodies were found, police said.

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Autopsies will be conducted in London and the Essex County OPP crime unit is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to reach out to police.

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