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INFORMATION SHORT IN PAIR OF SLAYINGS INVESTIGATION IN EARLY STAGES.

Byline: Jason Kandel and Holly Edwards Staff Writers

TUJUNGA - Los Angeles homicide detectives continued to search for clues Friday into the slayings of two adults inside a Tujunga condominium.

Police withheld the names of the victims, described only as a man and a woman in their 20s, until family members could be notified.

The two were found inside the apartment in the 10100 block of Commerce Avenue after 2:30 p.m. Thursday after a local resident called to say there might have been a killing in the neighborhood, police said.

When police arrived, they discovered the bodies, and in another room, found a 2-year-old girl unharmed.

She was taken into protective custody.

Few details were released Friday. Police would not say how the couple were killed, where their bodies were found or whether they recovered a weapon.

``There was obvious trauma,'' said Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division Lt. Clay Farrell. ``The investigation is in its early stages.''

After working through the night at the scene Thursday and half of the day Friday, police said they had not found a motive or a suspect.

``No one knows who (the victims) are,'' said Detective Mike Berchem of the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division.

``There's a lot of people that come and go out of there.''

Neighbors said there were frequently loud arguments at the apartment in which the bodies were found, and that people would come and go at all hours.

Ara Dorian, 31, said he called the police more than 200 times about loud disturbances and drug use at the apartment. In the days preceding the slayings, Dorian said, the arguments became louder and more hostile.

``Every night it was the normal thing, banging, people arguing and coming and going,'' Dorian said. ``Everybody had a complaint.''

Staff Writer Orith Goldberg contributed to this report.

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