Four people were found dead early Tuesday in a backyard pool and a bathtub of a San Diego home, and a fire official said they all appeared to have drowned.

A relative went to the home "to discuss business" with the man who lived there, police Lt. Ernie Herbert told The San Diego Union-Tribune. The relative called police after spotting two bodies in the backyard swimming pool, he said.

Officer Frank Cali said the bodies were discovered shortly after 6:30 a.m. at a house in a cul-de-sac in the Bay Terraces neighborhood.

San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Maurice Luque said firefighters found the bodies of a man, a woman and a young girl in a backyard pool and another female in a bathtub inside. All four were pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities wouldn't release the victims' names or speculate on whether they lived at the home.

A relative, Jose Villa, identified the home's residents as Alfredo and Georgina Pimienta and their daughters, Priscilla and Emily. He said the family owned a towing business.
Priscilla's friend and classmate, Alex Jasmund, said Priscilla was 17 and her sister was 7.

Jasmund, a High Tech High School senior who came to the scene, told the Union-Tribune one Priscilla was to graduate next month.


Jasmund said he, the teenage girl and other friends went to a movie, "The Priest," on Monday and that the girl had hosted a pool party for about 10 friends on Saturday.
"There is no one like her," Jasmund told the Union-Tribune. "She's nice, lovable. How could this happen? They didn't deserve this."


Bay Terraces is a low- to middle-income, ethnically diverse neighborhood in San Diego's southeastern area.