Four people are dead near a Hudson home and a man is on the run with his 4-year-old son, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigators are searching for 28-year-old Adam Matos, who might be driving a 1991 blue Ford pickup. Authorities said they think Matos is with his son, Ismael Tristan Santisteban.
The missing child and the deaths of the four adults appear to be connected, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a hastily called press conference at about 5:45 p.m. The sheriff declined to identify the victims, though, or reveal their relationship to Matos or the boy, saying next of kin have not yet been notified.
The boy, whom relatives called Tristan, was last seen at his home at 7719 Hatteras Drive in Hudson on Thursday. Nocco said the sheriff’s office was called that day to investigate a domestic incident that involved Matos.
This afternoon, the sheriff’s office went to the home on a welfare check. No one was in the house, Nocco said, but a deputy noticed a “bad smell’’ in the area and birds overhead a short ways down the road.
About 3⁄4 of a mile down the road, deputies found four bodies - two adult men and two adult women, the sheriff said. The bodies appeared to have been dead for at least a couple of days, he said.
The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in finding Tristan and Matos. Nocco said Matos has been in trouble several times in Pennsylvania and should be considered dangerous. If anyone sees him, Nocco said, they should not try to approach him but should immediately call 911.