Fort Worth

June 2, 2014

Three bodies found in house in west Fort Worth

Neighbor describes the house in the 200 block of Sunset Lane as a “drug house with all kinds of drama.” Police provide few details.

Three bodies were found Monday morning in a house in west Fort Worth that a neighbor described as a “drug house with all kinds of drama.”

Officials have identified the body of Ronney Jackson, 57, as one of the people located inside the west Fort Worth residence, but have not yet released the names of the other two people.

Police responding to a call about 11:30 a.m. Monday found the bodies in a corner house in the 200 block of Sunset Lane, which is tucked into a bend in the West Fork of the Trinity River south of River Oaks.

About 5 p.m., Sgt. Ray Bush, a police spokesman, said the dead were adults, but he declined to give their sex or approximate ages. He said he did not know whether they were related and he did not know who notified police.

“I don’t know if it was a murder or a murder-suicide,” he said.

He did say that 10 kittens were removed from the house.

(See video from our media partner WFAA/Channel 8 below.)

A neighbor, Kelley Ireland, said the residence was “a known drug house with all kinds of drama” going on for years. There was loud music, and people came and went at all hours, she said.

The man and woman who live there often fought loudly, she said.

Several other neighbors also said they believed that the people who lived in the house dealt drugs, but no one said they ever saw a drug transaction.

Carmen DeLeon, who lives on Athenia Drive, one street over, said neighbors have complained for years about activities around the house. The man and woman who live there were a frequent topic at the neighborhood association meetings, she said.

About 4:30 p.m., a van from the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office arrived, joining detectives and crime scene investigators. Workers who took a gurney into the house changed into yellow protective coveralls with hoods.

Some neighbors said they had smelled a foul odor coming from the house for two or three days.

Pedro Mascorro’s home on Athenia Drive is directly behind the crime scene. Mascorro said he went outside when police arrived Monday morning to see what they were doing. A powerful odor filled the area when officers entered the house, he said.

“When they opened the door, I was sitting on the porch, and when the wind blew, I could smell it,” he said.

Mascorro, who said he has lived in the neighborhood about 20 years, said the man in the house on Sunset Lane had lived there as long as he could remember.

A woman had been living with the man in recent years, Mascorro said. But he said, “I hadn’t seen her around for a long time.”

Another neighbor, Vanessa Portales, said she encountered the woman late one afternoon about five months ago.

Portales said she was driving to work and was turning the corner in front of the house when the woman suddenly appeared and approached the vehicle.

“She said, ‘Can you help me? Can you help?’ ” Portales recalled. “She said, ‘I think he’s dead.’ I said, ‘Who’s dead?’ And she said, ‘My boyfriend.’ ”

Portales said the woman told her that another man had been in the house and indicated there had been some sort of altercation. She asked Portales to come inside and see for herself. But Portales declined.

“I always thought there were drug people there,” she said. “You’d always see people coming and going. I said, ‘I can’t help you.’ ”

But Portales said she called 911.

Other neighbors said they had seen the man in recent weeks, so apparently he did not die during that incident.

Mascorro said he, too, had heard for a long time that drug activity occurred at the house behind him.

But he said he “never had a problem” with the people who lived there.

“It is a very sad day, that they go out this way,” he said.

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