msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 9/17/2009 5:49:19 AM ET 2009-09-17T09:49:19

A mother found her two children and ex-husband dead in an apparent homicide at an apartment in Southern California, police said Thursday.

Ventura County sheriff's Detective Eric Buschow said a woman discovered the bodies of her 12-year-old son, her 6-year-old daughter and her ex-husband in an apartment in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday night.

“It’s a really disturbing scene,” Buschow told the Ventura County Star. “We have a lot of work to do.”

The newspaper quoted neighbors as saying the male victim was a devoted father.

“I am absolutely blown away,” local resident Jason White added. “This is a very relaxed, very quiet, family-oriented, high-rent district. It’s an extremely safe area."

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The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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