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Olga Edwards found dead after children were murdered by father in West Pennant Hills

Mother of two children shot dead by their father in murder-suicide that horrified Australia is tragically found dead aged 37 just five months later

  • Olga Edwards, 37, was found dead at West Pennant Hills home on Wednesday
  • The tragedy comes months after John Edwards, 68, murdered their children
  • Ms Edwards’ body was found by police inside the same home at about 10am
  • Jack, 15, and Jennifer Edwards, 13, executed by their estranged father on July 5
  • Ms Edwards collapsed when she arrived home to find her children dead that day 

The mother of two teenage children shot dead by their father in a double murder- suicide that rocked Australia has tragically died.   

Olga Edwards, 37, was found dead at her home in West Pennant Hills, Sydney’s north-west, on Wednesday morning – less than six months after her estranged husband murdered their children in a bedroom at the same property. 

Daily Mail Australia understands Ms Edwards’ body was found by police at about 10am, after officers responded to a concern for welfare report.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious.  

Olga Edwards (left) was found dead at her West Pennant Hills home on Wednesday morning, less than six months after her husband John Edwards (right) murdered their teenage children

Ms Edwards collapsed in shock when she arrived home to find her children dead on July 5

Ms Edwards collapsed in shock when she arrived home to find her children dead on July 5

Siblings Jack, 15, and Jennifer Edwards, 13, were executed at the West Pennant Hills property by their father John Edwards, 68, on July 5.  

The Russian-born mother, a solicitor with a Sydney-based legal firm, collapsed in shock when she arrived to find her children dead that day. 

Mr Edwards shot himself dead about 12 hours later at his home in the nearby suburb of Normanhurst. 

Two powerful handguns registered in the father’s name sometime this year and used to kill the children, were found at his home.  

Pictured: Jack (left), 15, and Jennifer Edwards (right), 13, who were shot dead by their father

Police and forensic services attend the scene of the June double murder-suicide  at West Pennant Hills in Sydney

Police and forensic services attend the scene of the June double murder-suicide at West Pennant Hills in Sydney

He had been involved in a custody battle with the children’s mother for two years following the breakdown of their marriage.

Police said at the time Edwards may have been planning the killings for as long as a year. 

Edwards, described as a ‘recluse’ by his neighbours, was a financial planner and volunteered with the NSW Rural Fire Service, according to his LinkedIn page.

Juliette Hackett, who lives near Mr Edwards’ home, said at the time of the murders she didn’t know the family well, but the teenagers ‘had their challenges’.

Mr Edwards killed himself shortly after the shooting at his nearby home in Normanhurst (pictured) 

Mr Edwards killed himself shortly after the shooting at his nearby home in Normanhurst (pictured) 

Ms Edwards was found dead at her home in West Pennant Hills, Sydney's north-west, on Wednesday morning - months after her husband  murdered their children at the same property

Ms Edwards was found dead at her home in West Pennant Hills, Sydney’s north-west, on Wednesday morning – months after her husband murdered their children at the same property

‘I feel very sad that John felt that there was no alternative than the horrific thing he did,’ she said.  

More to come. 

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NSW Police stand outside the entrance to a property in Harris Road in Normanhurst, where the father turned the gun on himself after murdering his children 

NSW Police stand outside the entrance to a property in Harris Road in Normanhurst, where the father turned the gun on himself after murdering his children 

The siblings were executed in a bedroom at the West Pennant Hills property (pictured) by their estranged father on July 5

The siblings were executed in a bedroom at the West Pennant Hills property (pictured) by their estranged father on July 5

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