Michael Sheer, 21, Suspected of Having Fatally Shot His Father, Mother, Sister and Self: Update

See Update No. 4 on Page 2 with deputies identifying all of the deceased and disclosing Michael Sheer, 21, is believed to have killed his father, mother and sister before turning his shotgun on himself. Update Nos. 1-3 on the next page identified the parents and confirmed no suspect was being sought.

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Pacific Hills Drive is an upscale neighborhood with hillside, two-story homes.

ORIGINAL POST, MAY 27, 11:07 A.M.: Details are sketchy right now, but the Orange County Sheriff's Department says four bodies were found in a home in the 25600 block of Pacific Hills Drive in Mission Viejo this morning.

Deputies got the call around 9 a.m., according to the agency.

Check back for updates to this post.

UPDATE NO. 1, MAY 27, 2 P.M.: Sheriff's investigators are not looking for a suspect and see no threat to the 25600 block of Pacific Hills Drive in Mission Viejo after a preliminary investigation, according to an agency spokesman.

The disclosure from Lt. Jeff Hallock, who described the bodies found in the home as belonging to two males and two females, could indicate this is being probed as a murder-suicide case at this point.

Neighbors at the scene have said a father, mother, son in his 20s and daughter in her teens resided in the hillside home.

UPDATE NO. 2, MAY 27, 5:37 P.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department's investigators believe murder-suicide was the cause of four deaths in a Mission Viejo home, according to spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock.

The agency also believes they have identified the dead but are awaiting final confirmation, Hallock added.

Neighbors told television reporters the family who lived in the home seemed happy and churchgoing.

UPDATE NO. 3, MAY 28, 8:36 A.M.: The pastor at Mount of Olives Lutheran Church, the family's Mission Viejo place of worship, has identified mother and father Mark and Lydia Sheer as the deceased parents in the murder-suicide discovered Tuesday morning in their hillside home.

Their son in his 20s and daughter in her late teens are the other victims, sheriff's deputies confirmed.

Mark Sheer was a business consultant.


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