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Two questioned in 'very brutal' Florida killings

Sheriff does not call them suspects

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DELTONA, Florida (CNN) -- Authorities have interviewed two people thought to "have some knowledge of" the killings of four men and two women whose bodies were discovered Friday in Florida, the Volusia County sheriff said.

In a news conference Saturday afternoon, Sheriff Ben Johnson refused to label the two as suspects but noted that one of them was wanted on an unrelated warrant for a parole violation.

Johnson also said investigators have "taken a world of evidence out of the house."

Labeling the killings "senseless," Johnson vowed that his officers are working to ensure that the perpetrator of the crime "never sees daylight again as a free individual."

Johnson discussed the crime scene Friday.

"It's hard to describe what went on in that house," Johnson told reporters. "It was a very, very brutal killing."

Johnson urged residents of Deltona, about 30 miles north of Orlando, not to panic.

"This could have happened anywhere. Today, I'm sorry to say that it happened in our community," Johnson said.

Johnson also speculated that the killings were not random.

Johnson said some residents of the rented home had recently moved from another home after a "disturbance." That home had its front door kicked in late Thursday or early Friday, he said.

"That's a pretty good indicator they knew who they were dealing with," Johnson said.

The bodies were found about 6:30 a.m. Friday when a co-worker, alarmed because one of the people did not show up for work, went to the home and saw bodies inside, sheriff spokesman Gary Davidson said.

Police entered the three-bedroom home and, after determining no one was alive, called for crime scene investigators and assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Police said a dog was also killed in the home.

Johnson refused to say what type of weapon was used in the killings or what type of evidence has been found in the home. Authorities are using tissue samples and dental records to try to identify the victims.

Johnson said the deaths apparently occurred Thursday night.

CNN's Patrick Oppmann contributed to this report.

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