A hazardous material squad at Berwyn Avenue in Syracuse on Sunday, July 7, 2019.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A woman and three children were found dead in a car in Syracuse on Sunday, according to a man who found the bodies.
Police and firefighters are on the scene at Berwyn Avenue but have not confirmed the deaths at this time.
Syracuse Fire Chief Michael Monds, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Syracuse Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner are all on the scene.
Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick this afternoon confirmed to Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard that a woman and 2-3 children had been found dead on Berwyn Avenue.
The discovery of the bodies has left “everyone pretty shook up,” said Fitzpatrick, referring to the witnesses and first responders.
John Crane, a tow truck driver for Epolito’s Towing Company, told Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard this afternoon he found the bodies and called 911.
“It was bad,” he said at the scene.
He said he was called to pick up a Zipcar (ride share) vehicle on Berwyn Avenue when he found the bodies in the car. He said he saw no visible injuries.
Syracuse police and firefighters have shut down Berwyn Avenue, a short street off of East Colvin Street near Interstate 81 and not far from Syracuse University’s Lampe Athletics Complex/Manley Field House.
A fire department hazardous materials truck is on the scene. Other police and fire trucks are on the scene.
Firefighters and police got the call to respond to the street at 1:47 p.m.
Quintin Coleman, a neighbor, said police told him that three kids and a woman were dead.
He said he’s seen the woman in the neighborhood but she kept to herself. He’d never seen a car in the driveway until he saw the Zipcar, a silver Ford Focus, parked in the driveway on July 4.
“She just kept to herself,” Coleman said. “You’d see her bringing her kids to the bus stop when school was in.”
After the discovery and talking to police, Crane stayed on scene, sitting in his red tow truck with the driver’s side door open.
He could be seen holding his head in his hands, recounting what happened to neighbors and smoking a cigarette.
We are on the scene and will update this report as soon as more information becomes available.