This story was updated at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 and again at 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5.
KATY/HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – The bodies of two teenage girls and their stepfather were discovered in a Katy/Harris County home early Sunday and now Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirms that it appears to be a murder-suicide where the stepfather shot the girls and then shot himself. While at the scene early Sunday morning Gonzalez was not yet willing to call it a murder-suicide. Since that time he’s taken to Twitter to revise his conclusions.
“Very likely a case of murder-suicide. Still, need to tie up some loose ends to make a final determination,” Gonzalez tweeted on Sunday night.
The bodies were found in the family’s home at 3859 Silver Hawk Drive which is in a neighborhood in the Silvermill subdivision. See the map below or click on the address for an interactive map.
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Deputies were called to the home by the girl’s mother, Isabel Perez, who said she returned home and could not locate her girls or her husband. The call came in at 3:38 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2019.
A search of the home ended in the discovery of three bodies on the second floor. The stepfather, Victor Portillo was in his mid 40’s. Deputies also found the bodies of Maria Perez, 14, and Isabella Perez, 15.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Science will make the final determination of the cause and manner of death.
Covering Katy will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.