4 dead, 1 injured, after an apparent fall from a Swiss building


MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss police say three adults and a child have died and a teenager was seriously injured after falling from a seven-story residential building Thursday in the lakeside town of Montreux.

Police said the victims were all French citizens and members of the same family. Officers had attempted to execute a warrant in connection with homeschooling a child shortly before the incident, police said.

In a statement, police identified those killed as a 40-year-old man, his 41-year-old wife, his twin sister and the couple’s 8-year-old daughter. They said the couple’s 15-year-old son was seriously injured.

The authorities have opened an investigation “to determine the exact circumstances and the reasons for this tragedy”, the police said. “The presence of another person in the apartment at the time of the facts could be excluded at this stage of the investigation.”

A regional police spokesman, Alexandre Bisenz, told The Associated Press that he could not immediately confirm Swiss media reports that the five men had jumped from a building.

Bisenz told the AP they were found around 7 a.m. Thursday outside a building near the city’s famous Casino Barrière.

In their statement, police said two officers knocked on the door of an apartment and identified themselves.

“Unable to make contact with the possible occupants, they left the scene,” police said. “In the meantime, a witness called the police to report that people had fallen from the balcony of an apartment.”

Montreux, a bucolic lakeside town, is best known as a tourist hotspot and especially for its annual jazz festival.

Police and emergency crews erected white tents at the scene and forensic investigators were spotted on the upper balcony of the building.

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