TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas – Authorities are investigating after a man and a girl were found dead in a southwest Travis County home early Monday morning.
According to Kristen Dark, the public information officer for the Travis County Sheriff's Office, the incident started when authorities received a check welfare call at 5:44 a.m. Monday. When a deputy arrived at 8001 El Dorado Drive in the Granada Hills neighborhood and knocked on the door, no one answered. Dark said he found exigent circumstances to enter the home and that's when he found the two bodies.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office told KVUE deputies were called to the 8000 block of El Dorado Drive in the Granada Hills neighborhood, and medics arrived at 6:29 a.m. The sheriff’s office initially said they were responding to an "incident" at the address. Officials have told KVUE that they suffered from apparent gunshot wounds and died at the scene.
On Tuesday, the Travis County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Yariv Kaplan, 42. The TCSO said initial evidence indicated that Kaplan's injuries were self-inflicted, though the final ruling regarding cause and manner of death is pending toxicology results by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office.
Wednesday, Travis County officials identified the girl as 9-year-old Lielle Kaplan, Yariv's daughter. Evidence indicates her death was a homicide, officials said, though the official ruling regarding cause and manner of death is also pending a final report from the medical examiner's office.
Authorities told KVUE's Jenni Lee they do not believe there is a danger to the public in regard to this incident.
"This is not a neighborhood where things like this happens very often. This is an established neighborhood, very quiet place, this is quite out of the ordinary," Dark said.
Neighbors are shocked.
"Yes it is upsetting. I was in my oncologist's office when I found out about everything, it's very upsetting to me," said Margaret Covell, who has lived in the area for 34 years.
Christel Reimche is also upset.
"I'm very surprised murder comes all this way because this is a very nice lovely neighborhood. We know each other, we walk down the streets, we say hello, we talk, see how the day is going," she said.
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