Two bodies found inside east Austin home

Two people were found dead inside a home on Cordell Lane on June 20, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)
Two people were found dead inside a home on Cordell Lane on June 20, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are investigating after two people were found dead inside an east Austin home late Tuesday night. Wednesday homicide detectives worked to figure out why and how they died.

“We have a few small things here and there but nothing ever like this,” Benson Dooley, a neighbor who lives across the street from the home, said.

At 11:45 p.m., police were called to a home in the 5600 block of Cordell Lane near Rexford Drive for a wellness check. “We ended up getting up and looking out the front window and saw, you know, a fire truck, a couple of ambulances, lots of police cars,” Dooley said.

Officers found two bodies inside the home. They have not released the names, genders or ages of the people, but said there were also a couple of dogs inside the home. Austin Police Department homicide detectives, Crime Scene Unit and Animal Control Unit officers responded.

A security camera on Dooley’s house that faced the front door across the street caught the police response as it unfolded; officers first showed up at 11:52 Tuesday night. Over the next half hour more officers started looking around the property, and EMS pulled up as well.

What the video doesn’t show is anything out of the ordinary happening in the hour or so before got there.

“I’m sure that if there’s something on there, the police will find that and they’ll be able to make use of it,” Dooley said.

Police had not said as of Wednesday evening if the people lived at the house. Neighbors tell KXAN a younger couple rented the house within the last few months, and three cars in the driveway all had North Carolina license plates. Police said no one else was inside the home at the time.

One neighbor said the woman who lived there would bring toys to her kids and talk to them. We tried to find out more about the two people who lived there from the property owner, but we were unable to reach her.

Police said there is a history of activity at the home, but couldn’t provide details about those interactions or when they happened. Neighbors said multiple people have rented out the house in the last few years.

Now people who live nearby want to know what happened — and if they might be in danger. They said police have not given them much information, and some worry they, too, could be at risk.

Police say if you have any information on the case you should call the homicide tip line at 512-477-3588. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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