Investigators have “no reason to believe" that the suspect in the Riverside, California, "catfishing" murders used a firearm to kill the three victims, according to the department's public information officer Ryan Railsback.
Police do believe a fire was intentionally set after the murders, but the exact cause is still under investigation.
“We’re still trying to figure out what the fire had to do with their deaths,” he said.
Investigators don’t know if this was the first physical encounter or if the 15-year-old victim knew the former Virginia state police officer was headed to California.
“It’s disturbing; it’s disgusting,” Riverside Police Chief Larry Gonzalez said about knowing an officer committed such crimes.
“Anybody in the law enforcement community, we hate that person more than anybody, because it’s a reflection on us,” he said.
"We ask the same questions you all ask, 'how did this person get past the background investigation?', 'how did this person get past a polygraph investigation?'" he said.
The suspect’s manner of death is expected by the end of the day, authorities say.