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BROOKFIELD, MA – On Thursday, a mother and her three children were found dead inside their home and police are now asking for the public’s help finding a “plastic yellow fuel can” connected to the murders.

Police were called to the home after the bodies of 38-year-old Sara Bermudez, 8-year-old Madison, 6-year-old James and 2-year-old Michael were found inside by a family member performing a welfare check.

The father of the children was working in California at the time and had asked his father to check on his family when he was unable to reach them by telephone. His father is the one who found their bodies and contacted police.

The victims were found stabbed and burned in an upstairs bedroom and several fires had been set in the home but had burned out. The man, in a panic, called his wife.

“They don’t look fine!” he told his wife. She told him to take their pulse, but he said there was no need. “I can see it, I can see it! They’re not fine!”

Investigators have no reported suspects at this time but are asking the public for help finding a yellow fuel can that is missing from the home. They are asking local residents  and businesses with “active home or business surveillance cameras or dashboard-mounted cameras” to contact the State Police Dispatch Center.

“Our state police detectives and the West Brookfield police are seeking the public’s help in what we now are calling homicide deaths of a mother and her three children,” said District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. “Our investigators want the public to be on the lookout for a plastic yellow fuel can. It’s part of the case. We need to speak to anyone who comes across the yellow plastic fuel can.”

I haven’t seen them, but there are supposedly some social media posts that are claiming the murders are gang-related (if anyone finds these posts, post a link). Early has declined to comment on that.

“I can’t comment on theories at this point, suspects or motives. There are an awful lot of moving parts right now,” he said. “We’re asking the public to remain careful and vigilant. Anything you see out of the ordinary, please call us.”

Anyone with information about the murders is being asked to contact the state police dispatch center at (508) 867-1170.

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