Police say the deaths of three people found Sunday night in north Topeka have been ruled homicides.
Topeka Police Lt. Andrew Beightel says the bodies were found when officers went to a home in the 100 block of NW Grant Road for a welfare check on residents.
Officers entered the home and found the bodies of two men and a woman.
Police on Monday released the names of the victims. They have been identified as 19-year-old Matthew Leavitt, 38-year-old Nichole Fisher and 20-year-old Luke Davis. All three victims were from Topeka.
Details on how they were killed or a possible motive have not been released.
Department spokeswoman Amy McCarter says multiple suspects were taken into custody Monday in connection with the incident.
At least one person was apprehended around 1 p.m. Monday at a house near SW 10th and Clay. Several police officers set up a blockade in the area while a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter circled above in the moments leading up to the arrest.
According to a release, five Topeka men – 26-year-old Richard Folsom, 19-year-old Shane Mays, 24-year-old Joseph Krahn, 32-year-old Brian Flowers and 30-year-old Joseph Lowery – were booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with the killings.
Arrest records show Flowers and Lowery are in custody in connection with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping. Krahn and Mays each face first-degree murder charges. Folsom was booked for warrants in Texas and Topeka, and also faces charges of identity theft, interference with law enforcement.
Sources who asked to remain anonymous told WIBW News Now that at least two others were questioned and released in the hours after police discovered the bodies.
As the investigation continues, police say they are searching for a 2006 Red Pontiac G6 that may be linked to the incident.
Anyone with information that may help in this ongoing investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007.
Updated 3/14 @4:30 a.m.