Four bodies of a Sikh family were found in a remote orchard in Central California on Wednesday.

The Merced County Sheriff's Office said the hijackings took place at gunpoint in Central California.

Around 5.30 pm on Wednesday, Sheriff Vern Warneke said he received a call that the bodies had been discovered by a farmworker.

The victims were identified as 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri, their mother Jasleen Kaur 27 years old, and father Jasdeep Singh 36 years old, and uncle Amandeep Singh, 39 years old.

Warnke was emotional in announcing the deaths, calling the crime "totally senseless." 

Detectives have identified the suspect as 48 year old Jesus Salgado.

Sheriff's officials said he was in a hospital on Wednesday when he tried to kill himself

The bodies were found in a rural orchard in Dos Palos, from where the family was abducted

The sheriff did not say how he died, but investigators spent most of the night processing the scene.

The sheriff's office said Salgado was on parole, having been sentenced to 11 years for robbery and attempted false imprisonment.

Warneke said Salgado has been speaking to investigators from his hospital bed.

Investigators believe at least one other person was involved in the kidnappings and murders.

They found no connection between Salgado and the family to suggest that they had known each other before the kidnapping.