Authorities Friday identified two of three men found dead at the Norwalk home where they lived, and autopsies were pending to determine the cause of their deaths.
Deputies sent to the 12000 block of Portugal Court about 3 a.m. Thursday found the three men lying in the backyard of the residence, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Paramedics pronounced them dead at the scene.
Johnny Montoya, 34, Michael Bryant Fernandez, 29, and a man in his 30s — whose name was withheld pending notification of his relatives — all lived at the location, the coroner’s office reported. Autopsies were pending.
Deputies went to the location “in response to a rescue call,” Deputy James Nagao said in a statement.
“Upon their arrival, deputies discovered three males lying on the ground in the backyard of the location,” Nagao said. “The males were unresponsive and not breathing. … Due to the suspicious nature of the deaths and possible contaminates present at the location, deputies contained the area pending the arrival of homicide investigators.”
A hazardous-materials team was sent to assist in processing the scene.
Two women who were in the residence along with two children were taken to a sheriff’s station, Lt. Charles Calderaro said.
Nearby homes were evacuated “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the sheriff’s department.
Two of the men had girlfriends who live at the location, according to KTLA5. One man had two young daughters who were at home at the time, Channel 5 reported.