Minnesota children pulled from lake as officials fear triple homicide

Officers searched Vadnais Lake in Minnesota for children, woman

Officials fear that a triple homicide involving children under the age of five has taken place in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, Friday.

Two boys and one girl have been pulled from Vadnais Lake in Minnesota – one on Friday and two on Saturday – as well as a woman believed to be the children's mother, officials said, according to Fox 9 Minneapolis.

"A horrible set of facts appears to be developing," Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said Friday evening. "We do not know the certainty of all three children, but have recovered one child. There’s nothing more tragic than the loss of young children."

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Emergency personnel searched Vadnais Lake in Minnesota where officials feared a triple homicide had taken place.

Emergency personnel searched Vadnais Lake in Minnesota where officials feared a triple homicide had taken place. (KMSP Fox 9 Minneapolis)

A group of onlookers are seen near Vadnais Lake in Minnesota where officials fear a triple homicide involving young children took place Friday, July 1, 2022.

A group of onlookers are seen near Vadnais Lake in Minnesota where officials fear a triple homicide involving young children took place Friday, July 1, 2022. (KMSP Fox 9 Minneapolis)

The children's father was also found dead earlier Friday, authorities told Fox 9 Minneapolis. That investigation led officials to track the mother's cell phone to the lake, where her car was discovered.

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A small crowd gathered near the lake as an emergency boat searched the water Friday. A state patrol helicopter also assisted with the search.

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