ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) - The
owner of a Lake Nona area home where three people were found dead over
the weekend says she believes the bodies are a family of three who have
rented the house from her for the past five years.
Ferraz Do Amaral lived in the Eagle Creek subdivision
house with his wife, 34-year-old Cledione, and their young daughter,
whom Mastro believes to be about 9 or 10 years old.
that for the past several months, the rent had not been paid and Ferraz
do Amaral had informed her his pay was being cut at work and that he was
having some financial challenges.
Mastro's last communication
with the family was an email on Nov. 9 in which Cledione Ferraz do
Amaral apologized for being behind on the rent and promised to send a
check that day.
Mastro never received the check and said that
after a few more weeks passed, she and her husband asked an Orlando
property manager to go and inform the tenants they would have to move
When the property manager arrived, she noticed a foul odor
coming from the house and around that same time, a neighbor in the Eagle
Creek subdivision had called Mastro to report the same.
Orange County Sheriff's Office was contacted to do a well-being check
and on Saturday, the decomposing bodies of the family were found inside a
car in the garage.
Sheriff's investigators said they believe the bodies may have been there for three weeks or more.
this point, detectives said there is no sign of forced entry or trauma
to the bodies and they are looking into the possibility the deaths were
the result of a murder-suicide.
Mastro said up until recent months, the Ferraz do Amarals were always fastidious tenants and paid their rent on time.
to Mastro, the wife, Cledione, worked part time at Disney's Animal
Kingdom where her ability to speak fluent Portuguese came in handy.
The Sheriff's Office is waiting to confirm the identities of the bodies until the medical examiner finishes DNA testing.