Police working overnight to investigate triple homicide in Upatoi

Police working overnight to investigate triple homicide in Upatoi

UPATOI, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police are working to capture the suspect or suspects who killed three generations of an Upatoi, GA family on Monday.

Investigators with the Columbus Police Department have not released additional information about the city's first triple homicide investigation in years.

However, we do know officers worked overtime on Monday night to solve the crime.

The bodies of Gloria Short, her teenage son Caleb and granddaughter Giane were removed from the home on Bentley Drive late Monday evening.

Now the search for the killer or killers is ramping up as people who knew the family try to make sense of it all.

"They were just an awesome family and I am just speechless," said Kimberly Gore, a friend of the victims.

Many close friends and family members of the three homicide victims had the same reaction as investigators call it one of the most gut-wrenching crimes they've ever seen.

"It's a brutal death it's a horrible situation," said Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan. "Chief and I were talking coming out here this morning I have been in the office three years now going on my fourth. First mass homicide we have had. Chief had one a few years back that he was telling me about.  So it's way out of the ordinary for us to come across a triple homicide like this."

The victims were found Monday morning scattered throughout the house by Gloria Short's husband, Robert Short, who had just returned from work.

Police have not named any suspects at this time. Two vehicles stolen from the scene, a VW Beetle and a GMC Envoy, were later found in Columbus. The vehicles are being scoured for clues.

"Need for everyone out there to keep the family in their prayers," Bryan said. "This is a sad case to start off the first of the year."

"Tragic all the way around, with little kids, that's just heartbreaking," Gore said.

The coroner ruled the cause of death for the three victims as blunt force trauma.

We will continue following this story and bring you more updates as they become available.

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