Four folks, apparently members of the identical household, died after falling from the balcony of their seventh-floor condo in Montreux, western Switzerland, on Thursday, the police stated in a statement. A fifth individual, a teenage boy, who additionally fell from the balcony, was hospitalized in severe situation, they stated.
The 5 folks haven’t been formally recognized, however the police stated they had been believed to be members of a household of French nationals: a 40-year-old man, his 41-year-old spouse, her twin sister, and the couple’s 8-year-old daughter, together with the only survivor, the couple’s 15-year-old son.
Alexandre Bisenz, a spokesman for the Vaud canton police, stated that it was possible that the folks had jumped from the balcony. The police are attempting to find out the precise circumstances and causes of the incident, and so they stated they’d dominated out the presence of different folks in the condo on the time.
According to a preliminary investigation, the police stated, two cops knocked on the door of the household’s condo on Thursday morning at about 7 a.m. at hand a summons to the daddy in reference to the home-schooling of one of many youngsters.
The cops heard a voice coming from the condo asking them to establish themselves. After they did so, the officers didn’t hear any additional sounds coming from the condo, and so they ready to go away the constructing.
They had been nonetheless in the constructing when a witness referred to as the police to say that some folks had fallen from a balcony, stated Jean-Christophe Sauterel, the police spokesman in Vaud, the canton the place Montreux is located. Montreux, a Swiss resort on Lake Geneva, is a vacationer sizzling spot famous for its jazz festival.
Michelle Steiger, 72, a neighbor, stated the household concerned in the episode was very discreet and that the residential constructing was inhabited by many households with youngsters.
Mr. Sauterel stated the native authorities normally ship the police to go to people who fail to reply to repeated written summons. He stated that one of many youngsters residing in the condo was being home-schooled, which is authorized in Switzerland, however requires routine checks on the method. When mother and father don’t reply to solicitations for these checks, they are often summoned by the police, he stated.