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Turpin Family’s Texas Neighbors Describe House After They Left …

Years before the Turpins were found in squalid conditions in a suburban home in Perris, California — with their children allegedly starved and held captive inside — the family lived in Rio Vista, Texas, and neighbors say they left behind similar “filth.”

One local resident who lived nearby says that after the Turpins were gone from their residence, following foreclosure, a startling amount of garbage was found in their wake. So too were the family pets.

“We open the door and the dogs came flying out,” neighbor Shelli Vinyard recalls to Soledad O’Brien in Oxygen’s upcoming The Turpin 13 special, which is exclusively previewed below.

“They had been living off the trash and dirty diapers that they’d left in the house to eat,” Vinyard says.

Her daughter, Ashley Vinyard, remembers a similar scene inside the home in Rio Vista. Amid the

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House of Horrors Family Left Behind a ‘Filthy’ and ‘Barracks’-like Home in Texas: Neighbors

Years before the Turpins were found in squalid conditions in a suburban home in Perris, California — with their children allegedly starved and held captive inside — the family lived in Rio Vista, Texas, and neighbors say they left behind similar “filth.”

One local resident who lived nearby says that after the Turpins were gone from their residence, following foreclosure, a startling amount of garbage was found in their wake. So too were the family pets.

“We open the door and the dogs came flying out,” neighbor Shelli Vinyard recalls to Soledad O’Brien in Oxygen’s upcoming The Turpin 13 special, which is exclusively previewed below.

“They had been living off the trash and dirty diapers that they’d left in the house to eat,” Vinyard says.

Her daughter, Ashley Vinyard, remembers a similar scene inside the home in Rio Vista. Amid the

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/turpin-family-home-in-texas-filthy-barracks-neighbors-say/

Family-of-8’s Missing Child Found in the Water Weeks After Their SUV Plunged Off Calif. Cliff

A body found last week near where a Washington family plummeted off a cliff in Northern California has been identified as one of the family’s three missing children, PEOPLE confirms.

The Mendocino County Coroner Division announced on Tuesday that through DNA analysis the remains of 12-year-old Ciera Hart were positively identified, according to a news release obtained by PEOPLE. 

Authorities also confirmed that the girl’s name was Ciera — not “Siera,” as previously reported — and that she was 12 years old at the time of the crash, not 15, as they had said.

Parents Jennifer and Sarah Hart and their six kids are presumed dead after their car plunged 100 feet down to the water off the Pacific Coast Highway sometime in late March. Their SUV was found on March 26.

Shortly after discovering the wreck, five members of the family were found dead at the bottom of the cliff, including Jennifer and

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PEOPLE Explains: 4-Year-Old Girl Finds Family Killed, and Uses Slain Grandfather’s Phone to Call for Help

A 4-year-old California girl woke up on Thursday to find a grisly scene: Both of her parents and her grandfather were dead from gunshot wounds.

The little girl used her slain grandfather’s cellphone to summon help. She called her grandmother, who later called police.

Here are 4 things to know about the tragic case.

1. The Girl Was Awakened by Gunshots

The shooting happened shortly before 3 a.m. The sound of the gunshots woke up the little girl. She called her grandmother, who was caring for a sick relative at another home, and said her father had shot himself.

According to a press release from the Amadar County Sheriff, the grandmother drove to the home and found the little girl with the bodies of Marie Leonetti, 27; Jacob Thayer, 26; and Richard Thayer, 60.

The grandmother took the girl outside and called 911. Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find that the three had been killed by gunshot

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4-Year-Old Calif. Girl Finds Family Dead and Uses Slain Grandfather’s Phone to Call for Help

A 4-year-old California girl found her parents and grandfather dead in their Pine Grove home on Thursday and used her slain grandfather’s phone to call for help, reports say.

The little girl was awakened by gunshots on Thursday and found three family members — including Marie Leonetti, Jacob Thayer, and Richard Thayer — dead, the Sacramento Bee reports, citing Amador County Sheriff’s deputies.

Authorities said Jacob, 26, shot his father Richard, 60, and Leonetti, 27, before turning the gun on himself, according to KOVR. The girl then used her grandfather’s phone to call her grandmother, who notified police, according to the Bee.

Officials with Amador County Sheriff’s Department have not yet returned PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

In a GoFundMe created for the child, a family member called the incident “a horrific event that no one could have predicted.” Several friends of Leonetti’s shared grief-filled Facebook posts in the wake of her

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4-Year-Old California Girl Finds Family Dead in Home | PEOPLE.com

A 4-year-old California girl found her parents and grandfather dead in their Pine Grove home on Thursday and used her slain grandfather’s phone to call for help, reports say.

The little girl was awakened by gunshots on Thursday and found three family members — including Marie Leonetti, Jacob Thayer, and Richard Thayer — dead, the Sacramento Bee reports, citing Amador County Sheriff’s deputies.

Authorities said Jacob, 26, shot his father Richard, 60, and Leonetti, 27, before turning the gun on himself, according to KOVR. The girl then used her grandfather’s phone to call her grandmother, who notified police, according to the Bee.

Officials with Amador County Sheriff’s Department have not yet returned PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

In a GoFundMe created for the

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Mom-of-8 Was Drunk When Her Family’s SUV Plunged Off Cliff With Her Behind the Wheel: Police

California authorities said Friday that Jennifer Hart, the Washington woman who was driving when her family’s SUV went over a cliff in Northern California last month, was drunk at the time of the crash.

All eight members of the Hart family are presumed dead after their car plunged 100 feet down to the water off the Pacific Coast Highway sometime in late March. Their SUV was found on March 26.

Five members of the family were found dead at the bottom of the cliff, including both parents, while the remaining three members of the family — kids Devonte, 15, Hannah, 16, and Sierra Hart, 12 — remain unaccounted for and are feared dead.

On Friday, California Highway Patrol Capt. Bruce Carpenter said at a news conference that toxicology reports found Jennifer, who was behind the wheel, had a blood alcohol level of 0.102. (The legal limit is .08.)

Wife

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Mom of Family Whose Car Plunged Off Cliff Sent Worrisome Texts to Friend Days Before

The same day that five members of a Washington family were found dead at the bottom of a California cliff, a friend told authorities that days earlier, she’d received alarming 3 a.m. texts from one of the parents.

All eight members of the Hart family are presumed dead after their car plunged off a 100-foot cliff on the Pacific Coast Highway. Their SUV was found on March 26.

That day, friend Cheryl Hart — who is not related to the Hart family — called Clark County emergency dispatchers to report that she had received disturbing texts from Sarah Hart two days earlier but had since been unable to reach her friend, according to 911 records obtained by PEOPLE.

Cheryl Hart told dispatchers Sarah had texted

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OXYGEN MEDIA PRESENTS TWO-HOUR SPECIAL "THE TURPIN 13: FAMILY SECRETS EXPOSED" HOSTED BY …

OXYGEN MEDIA PRESENTS TWO-HOUR SPECIAL “THE TURPIN 13: FAMILY SECRETS EXPOSED” HOSTED BY SOLEDAD O’BRIEN ON SATURDAY, APRIL 28 AT 6PM ET/PT

NEW YORK, NY – April 12, 2018 – Oxygen Media, the destination for high quality crime programming, premieres a new two-hour special, “The Turpin 13: Family Secrets Exposed” on Saturday, April 28 at 6pm ET/PT. Hosted and executive produced by Emmy(R) and Peabody Award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, the special will take viewers on a deep dive into the story surrounding the Turpin family and the parents, David and Louise, who have been charged with keeping their children shackled and starved within the four walls of their own Perris, California home. Retracing the family’s past and present, O’Brien will go beyond the shocking headlines

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‘The Turpin 13: Family Secrets Exposed’ hosted by Soledad O’Brien premieres April 28 on Oxygen

Oxygen Media, the destination for high quality crime programming, premieres a new two-hour special, “The Turpin 13: Family Secrets Exposed” on Saturday, April 28 at 6pm ET/PT.  Hosted and executive produced by Emmy® and Peabody Award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, the special will take viewers on a deep dive into the story surrounding the Turpin family and the parents, David and Louise, who have been charged with keeping their children shackled and starved within the four walls of their own Perris, California home. Retracing the family’s past and present, O’Brien will go beyond the shocking headlines to ask how far back the family’s secrets go and how the alleged abuse was kept hidden for so long.

From reported financial woes and abandoned homes to unspoken concern from neighbors, O’Brien uncovers various red flags while looking into the couple’s history. Following their 30-year journey across the country, O’Brien travels to West

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