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Minnesota homicide case: Bodies of 3 children and mother found in lake

The discovery came a day after authorities recovered the body of another of her children from Lake Vadnais, which is just north of St. Paul, police said.

The body of a child was found just after midnight Saturday, the mother’s body around 10:40 a.m. and the third body was found about 20 minutes later, Ramsey County Deputy Sheriff Mike Martin told reporters. .

All four bodies were taken to the medical examiner’s office, Martin said. The ages of the two boys and one girl were not known.

Sheriff’s Water Patrol Commander Eric Bradt said boats are not allowed on the lake, which is about 5 to 10 feet deep.

Police began searching for the mother and her three children – all of whom appear to be under 5 – after spotting her car and pairs of children’s shoes near Lake Vadnais.

Authorities believe the deaths are linked to a suicide reported earlier Friday around 10:30 a.m. local time. First responders arrived at a residence near Maplewood and found a deceased man, Maplewood Police Lt. Joe Steiner said.

Police responded to the lake around 4 p.m. Friday.

“This is just a tragic event, and our hearts go out to the family members and friends involved in this incident,” Steiner said.

Martin said the deaths of the mother and children are being investigated as homicides.


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