Five people jump from seventh-floor apartment in suspected family group suicide attempt – Reuters

Five people jumped from the seventh floor of a high-rise building in Switzerland, leading to a police investigation into the shocking incident which allegedly involved a family

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Swiss. Police investigate after family jumped off balcony

Five people jumped from their seventh-floor apartment in Switzerland, in a possible mass suicide.

Swiss police are investigating the horrific incident which left four people dead and one seriously injured and is believed to have involved a family.

They jumped to death in the Swiss resort of Montreux on Lake Geneva and cantonal police today said the fifth member is in serious condition.

The Vaud cantonal police said in a tweet: “Five people were found at the foot of a building.

“One of the five victims has been hospitalized and is in serious condition.

“The other four are dead.”

Police spokesman Alexandre Bisenz told 20 Minutes newspaper that the five people appeared to have jumped from their apartment, near the city’s lakeside casino, for unknown reasons.







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Forensic teams are now investigating the balcony of the seventh floor apartment from which they jumped.

Neighbors described a quiet family of two adults in their 40s, two teenagers and a grandmother living there, the Mail Online reported.

“We heard nothing from their house, the father never said hello in the hallway and ordered many parcels almost daily,” neighbor Claude Rouiller told Swiss newspaper Le Temps.







A police cordon was set up and a barrier where the five people fell from the seventh floor
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Rouiller added that there had been a strong smell of incense coming from the family’s apartment for a few days.

Another resident, who lives on the first floor of the building, said he heard a “thud” around 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

The neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said they went out to investigate the noise and saw five bodies.







A hearse arrives at the buildings they jumped from
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He said, “I thought it was a bad movie, I couldn’t fix the picture for more than a few seconds.”

About 30 police officers were on the scene and white forensic tents had been set up in front of the building.

The lakeside town of Montreux is best known as a tourist hotspot and for its annual jazz festival.

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