Detectives continue investigation into 2 deaths at mansion in Kendall

KENDALL, Fla. – Detectives are investigating how a man and a woman ended up dead on Tuesday inside a mansion in Kendall.

Detective Angel Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, said a cleaning crew found them dead at the two-story home along Southwest 136th Street near Southwest 92nd Avenue. A crime scene investigation’s van was parked outside hours later.

Neighbors like David Martinez said they had complained about the houseguests’ disruptive parties and how the characterization of the mansion as a short-term rental was threatening the quiet family-friendly neighborhood.

“I am not shocked at all," Martinez said. “We knew something was going to happen.”

Rodriguez did not say if the two people dead were related to the property owners' short-term rental activities.

The water-front residence is within walking distance of The Falls shopping mall. It’s listed on short-term rental sites as a five-bedroom “Lake House Villa” with a capacity for 10 to 14 guests at about $870 per night.

“Because this is a big mystery we’re asking for the community’s assistance with any information that they can,” Rodriguez said.

A crime scene investigations' van is parked in front of a home where two people were found dead on Tuesday in Kendall. (Copyright 2020 by WPLG - All rights reserved.)

Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Sandra Antonio contributed to this report.

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