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BEACH PARK, Ill. — A person of interest is in custody related to the “suspicious” deaths of two people, including a 14-year old, in Beach Park early Sunday, according to the Lake County sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s Det. Christopher Covelli said Sunday morning that the sheriff’s office was investigating the “suspicious deaths” of two people found dead in their home on Bairstow Avenue.

Covelli said sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at 2:48 a.m. Sunday, and that when officers arrived at the house, they located five people inside the residence. Two of the individuals were dead, a woman and her son. Both had signs of significant trauma to their bodies, he said. The deceased have been identified as Lailani Uy Trejo, 43, and Patrick K. Cruz Uy, 14, both of the 10200 block of West Bairstow Avenue in Beach Park, according to Covelli.

A 68 year-old woman was also located inside the residence, injured, and was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two adult male subjects were located inside the residence. One was determined to be a witness and the other was determined to be a person of interest, Covelli said.

The person of interest, identified as a Lake County resident, was transported to the Lake County sheriff’s office Criminal Investigations Division, where he currently remains in custody but had not been charged as of late Sunday afternoon, Covelli said.

Autopsies of both victims have been scheduled by the Lake County Coroner’s Office to take place Monday morning, according to Covelli.

That area of Beach Park has an unincorporated address, but is considered within the village, Covelli said. It is patrolled by the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office is handling the investigation and the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force had not been called out, he said.

Investigators had cleared the neighborhood before 1 p.m., and there was no indication that the home believed to be the site of the incident was a crime scene.

But neighbors said the things were a lot different earlier Sunday.

“They were here in the middle of the night, and around 5 (a.m.) they started knocking on doors (in the neighborhood),” said Adam McCormack, who lives on the same block in which Covelli indicated the deaths occurred.

Another neighbor on the block said he woke up before daylight and “I must have seen a dozen marked and unmarked (squad) cars along with a crime scene investigation unit.”