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2 women dead in apparent murder-suicide in Goleta

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Two women were found dead at an apartment complex in Goleta early Tuesday morning. 

It happened at the Hollister Village Apartment complex on the 7000 block of Aldus Drive.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's officials say it appears to be a murder-suicide. One body was found on the second floor of the apartment and the other body was found in the garage along with a silver Land Rover with Florida plates. 

Just before 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, sheriff's officials say a family member of at least one of the women called 911 from inside the apartment. 

"They requested sheriff's deputies respond immediately. When sheriff's deputies arrived, they located two deceased females inside the residence," said Kelly Hoover, Public Information Officer with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators and a forensics team were on scene throughout the day, taking pictures, looking for fingerprints and other evidence as they worked to piece together what happened.

"This morning at 6:45 to 7 a.m., my wife, she heard lots of screaming upstairs," said neighbor Josh Prochnau.

Neighbors say two young kids, an older man, and two women lived in the unit where the incident occurred. 

"I've seen her around because of the silver Land Rover and she was always very quiet and keeps to herself," said neighbor Lauren Howard.

"They just kind of came and went. Kind of quiet, kind of kept their heads down, didn't say much," Prochnau said.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services removed three small dogs from the unit where the incident occurred. 

"Someone here did not want to die and another person took their own life. That's what it appears to be at this point," Hoover said. "It is definitely a tragic situation all the way around. There are going to be family members who are going to be deeply impacted today by this and it's gonna be a tough day."

Neighbors say the apartment complex is only two years old and it's very uncommon for any crime to happen around there. 

The women's names have not been released and investigators aren't saying how they died or what their relationship was to each other. 

Sheriff's deputies say there are no outstanding suspects.

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