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Major crime investigators have spoken to the former husband and boyfriend of a 46-year-old woman slain in her home along with her two young daughters.

Heather Glendinning had only recently moved back to the Dongara area, in the newly developed estate of Bluewater Gardens in Port Denison, having lived in Perth for years.

The girls’ father Harley Cuzens rushed to Port Denison from Broome to be with his eldest daughter Grace, 13, who was believed to be living with her grandparents in Perth.

The family was too distraught to speak to WAtoday.com.au yesterday after Ms Glendinning’s body and that of her daughters Jane and Jessica Cuzens, aged 12 and 10, were found by police on Monday night.

Police have described it as “one of the worst crime scenes that they have encountered” and officers have been offered counselling for any trauma they may suffer from such a “gruesome scene”.

The bodies of the young family are yet to be formally identified and it is expected that the investigation may take a few days, according to Inspector Bill Munnee.

The two men connected with Ms Glendinning are assisting police with their enquiries but police want any witnesses to contact Crime Stoppers to help them piece together what may have happened.

It is understood that a friend informed local police about their concerns for the family’s welfare after they had been unheard from on Monday.

An initial investigation of the Damia Circle home uncovered two of the bodies. The third was not discovered until local detectives arrived.

Both girls attended Dongara District High School, which caters for primary school-aged children, and some of their school friends were kept home after hearing news of the tragedy.

The school’s chaplain was also on hand to offer any counselling.

A woman whose youngest daughter used to attend dance classes and netball with the girls described them as “gorgeous”.

A neighbour described Ms Glendinning as a caring doting mother, who was bright and bubbly. Most residents described the deaths as a sick tragedy.

Shire of Irwin President Stuart Chandler said the impact would be “far reaching”.

Forensic officers have cordoned off the housing estate and a nearby playground but police would not elaborate on the link.

Investigators are expected to remain in the area for about a week and a pathologist was due to arrive late last night after experiencing delays at Perth Domestic Airport caused by an electrical thunderstorm.

“It’s going to be a long, laborious process for them to complete their investigation,” Inspector Munnee said.


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