The California couple who held their 13 starving children captive in their 'filthy' Perris home, were 'getting ready to leave town,' according to their friends.
David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Anna Turpin, 49, are due to appear in court today after police rescued their children, some of whom were chained to furniture and lying in their own feces, on Sunday.
The alarm was raised by one of their daughters, aged 17, who escaped through a window and managed to call 911 on a deactivated mobile phone, after which police arrived at the property to find her 12 siblings, aged two to 29.
On the eve of their arrest, the Turpins met up with a friend in order to 'say their goodbyes' as they were leaving Perris, MirrorOnline reports.
Parents David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have been arrested for allegedly torturing and keeping their 13 biological children - ranging from 2 to 29 years of age - captive in their Perris, California home
Parents David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, wOn the eve of their arrest for holding their 13 children captive, David and Louise Turpin met up with a friend in order to 'say their goodbyes' as they were leaving Perris, California.
'I saw them about 7 or 8pm on Saturday,' the friend told the news website.
'They didn't say where or when they were going.
'I couldn't believe it when I saw their pictures on the TV two nights later.'
The sheriffs who rescued the Turpin brood on Sunday has revealed that the house had human excrement 'everywhere', with some of the children left lying in their own feces.
‘The smell was terrible,’ Deputy Mike Vasquez of the Riverside Sheriff's Office said. ‘Feces and urine everywhere.
‘It’s what happens when people are chained up – there’s nowhere else to go to the restroom.’
The report from the sheriffs come as the current owners of the two Texas homes where the Turpins once lived claim to have found scratch marks on doors, as well as closets that may have been used to keep the siblings.
David and Louise Turpin had lived in a home in Fort Worth, Texas from around 1992 to 1999 before they lost it in a foreclosure.
The owners who moved in after them claim the home was left in complete squalor.
They say they found scratch marks on the back of doors and that the carpet was covered in disgusting dirt stains and filth.
The people who moved into David and Louise Turpin's home in Fort Worth, Texas in 1999 took photos of the filthy carpets caked in dirt
The people who bought the Fort Worth home initially thought scratch marks on doors were caused by animals, but now believe it could be something more sinister following the arrest of the parents
The people who bought the home initially thought the scratch marks were caused by animals, but now believe it could be something more sinister following the arrest of the parents, according to CBS.
They took photos of the dirt covered floor, walls and doors.
The Turpin family then moved to Rio Vista, south of Fort Worth, where they lived for the next decade.
The current owner of the Rio Vista home, who didn't want to be identified, told WFAA that she found unusual vents in the master bedroom closet when she moved in after the Turpins left in 2010.
'There are two vents in the closet and they are covered up now,' she said.
She believes the couple's children may have been locked in there.
The Turpins lived in Rio Vista from around 1999 to 2010 when they relocated to California. Louise gave birth to at least one child, who is now aged two, after moving to California.
'She never allowed her children to go outside and play. They homeschooled every one of them and one day they just up and left,' the woman said.
She described the Turpins as hoarders and said they left everything when the suddenly moved. They had so many belongings in the home it was difficult to walk around.
Neighbors have also revealed the children were not allowed to tell people their names and described the home in Rio Vista as a 'religious compound'.
Yesterday, Louise Turpin's siblings spoke of how they had not had contact with her for years and she refused to come to their parents' funerals.
Her husband on the other hand, appears to have had a closer relationship with his parents, and his mother Betty Turpin revealed they stayed with the family six years ago.
Turpin and her husband James Turpin of Princeton, West Virginia visited her son's family for five days at their previous home in Murrieta, California.
The grandparents of the 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and health, and praised the behaviour of the brood.
The Turpins lived in this home in Fort Worth from around 1992 to 1999 before they lost it in a foreclosure. It is pictured above boarded up after they left
The new owners took photos of the dirty walls and carpet inside the Fort Worth home prior to them moving in
The current owner of the Rio Vista home, who didn't want to be identified, believes the couple's children may have been locked in this closet in the bedroom. This image was taken on Tuesday and shows the new owner's belongings
The woman described finding two strange vents in the closet that are now closed up. She believes they may indicate the children were held there
The owner of the home in Rio Vista said she found two vents in the bedroom closet that were covered up. She believes the couple's children may have been locked in there
The woman who now lives in the Rio Vista home she found unusual vents in the master bedroom closet when she moved in after the Turpins left in 2010
The disturbing details emerged after the Turpins were charged with torturing and keeping their 13 biological children - ranging from 2 to 29 years of age - captive in their Perris, California home.
The children were rescued by police on Sunday after the couple's 17-year-old daughter escaped through a window and called police saying her siblings were being chained up inside the home.
Police hailed the teenager a hero for her daring escape.
The girl, who was so malnourished officers initially believed she was only 10, managed to escape through a window and call 911 with a deactivated cell phone she had found in the home. When officers interviewed the girl, she provided photos of the conditions and abuse suffered by her and the rest of her siblings.
Authorities found at least three of the Turpin children - aged 2 to 29 - shackled to their beds and furniture with chains and padlocks in a dark, foul-smelling room inside the family home.
The victims, including six children and seven adults, were 'malnourished and very dirty'. It is not clear how long some of them were chained, padlocked and shackled before they were discovered.
'We do need to acknowledge the courage of that young girl who escaped,' Riverside County sheriff's Capt. Greg Fellows said on Tuesday.
Police confirmed that all 13 victims are the biological children of David and Louise Turpin. They were both arrested and charged with nine counts of torture and 10 of child endangerment. They are being held on $9million bail pending a court appearance.
According to The Mirror, the 17-year-old who finally broke free thought her parents would kill her if they caught her trying to escape.
'In her mind, she was risking her life,' a source told the paper, describing the teen as 'so intelligent' despite alleged limited access to the outside world during her childhood.
David and Louise Turpin, seen renewing their vows at an Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas in 2015, have been arrested after 13 of their children were found shackled to beds inside their home in Perris, California on Sunday
Police found the siblings inside their family home (above) after the 17-year-old girl managed to escape through a window and call 911 with a cell phone she had found in the house
Police said the 17-year-old girl bravely managed to escape through a window of the home and notify authorities. She told police she was scared her parents would kill her if they caught her escaping, according to the Mirror
Through a shabby screen erected in front of the French windows, heaps of clutter, including what appear to be books, could be seen inside the home
The malnourished siblings, who were taken to hospital still dressed in their pajamas, continue to undergo treatment. Child's services will now seek a court order to have oversight over the 13 children, including those over the age of 18.
Police confirmed that both David and Louise Turpin were religious but were unable to say if that played a role in holding their children captive.
While still early in the investigation, police said there were no signs that any of the siblings were sexually abused or that the parents were suffering from mental illness.
The sheriff's captain said the conditions were horrific and amounted to torture. It wasn't yet clear how long they had been held in such conditions in the filthy home but it appeared to have been a 'prolonged' period.
'If you can imagine being a 10-year-old and being chained to a bed ... I would call that torture,' he said.
He added that Louise seemed 'perplexed' about why police came to their home, but it was unclear how the children's father reacted.
Deputies had never been called to the home and neither had social service workers.
Corona Regional Medical Center CEO Mark Uffer said his facility is treating seven of the adult children.
'It's hard to think of