The bodies of two children and a man were found in a nature preserve in Hillsboro in what police said appeared to be a murder-suicide.

Police said the bodies were found about 1 p.m. Friday in the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve by a hiker.

The two children were about 6 or 7 years old, and the man was estimated at 35 to 40 years old.

Hillsboro police Lt. Michael Rouches said the victims may have been related and evidence at the scene suggested a murder-suicide. All three were killed by gunshots early Friday morning.

Identification was withheld pending notification of their families.