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Bodies of three missing children and woman found in Minnesota lake


The bodies of three young children and a woman believed to be their mother have been found in a lake in Minnesota.

Authorities say the deaths are being investigated as a triple murder-suicide.

The body of the children’s father was found in another location a few hours earlier.

The names had not been released Saturday afternoon.

Friends and family gathered at Lake Vadnais after news of a dead child being removed from the lake (Alex Kormann/Star Tribune/AP)

The children, all under the age of five, were two boys and a girl.

The chain of events began Friday morning when the man’s body was found in a trailer park in the town of Maplewood, near Minneapolis.

Police determined that the woman had left with the children and a search began.

Maplewood Police Lt. Joe Steiner said the woman’s car was found near Lake Vadnais around 4 p.m. Friday.

The children’s shoes were found on the shore.

The police set up a perimeter at Lake Vadnais
Police set up a perimeter at Lake Vadnais (Alex Kormann/Star Tribune/AP)

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office said the body of the first child was found in the lake around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The body of the second child was found just after midnight.

The bodies of the third child and the wife were found around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The bodies were taken to a pathologist.

“There is nothing more tragic than the loss of young children,” Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said at a Friday news conference.