Children, ages 5 and 11, among 4 dead in New York basement

TROY, N.Y. — New details were released Wednesday in the discovery of four bodies in a basement apartment in upstate New York a day after Christmas.

Authorities said the victims were a 5-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy and two women, ages 22 and 36. The victims’ names are not yet being released pending family notification.

Police said the women were in a relationship, the children belonged to one of the women and the victims lived in the home where they were found.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said the deaths are suspicious and are being investigated as homicides.

“After being in this business for almost 42 years, I can’t describe the savagery of a person like this. I don’t know of a word that can say it,” he said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

Tedesco said an autopsy was underway as he spoke to reporters. Information remains scarce and investigators have not yet determined a timeframe of what happened, he said.

Police and medics found the victims Tuesday afternoon.

A property manager had reported four unresponsive people in a basement apartment on Second Avenue near 103rd Street in Troy, about 10 miles from the state capital of Albany and about 160 miles north of New York City, Troy Police Capt. Dan DeWolf told CNN affiliate WTEN.

“Unfortunately, it’s horrible, terrible, sad, especially at this time of the year that there’s four deceased folks in there,” he told the affiliate. “We’re gonna do everything we can to look into this and get to the bottom of what happened here.”

The slayings appear to be an isolated incident and investigators do not believe there is any danger to the public, Tedesco said.

“There are indications at the crime scene that this is not a random act,” he said, without elaborating.

Still, he urged residents to remain cautious as detectives process the scene and speak with the victims’ relatives.

No arrests have been made.

Police are appealing to the public for help, asking them to think back over the past week and recall anything suspicious they may have noticed.

Tedesco said they’ll “take any (information) they can get” and urged the public to report information, even if it may seem insignificant.

“Let us be the judge of that,” Tedesco said.

Anyone with information can call the Troy Police Department at 518-270-4421 or click here to submit a tip online.

CNN contributed to this report.