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.
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 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.