Three siblings under 5 are feared to have been drowned by their mom in Minnesota lake after being taken there shortly after their dad ‘committed suicide’ at family home
- The tragic events began with the suicide of a man at a mobile home park 20 miles outside of Minneapolis on Friday morning
- Following that man’s death, authorities began searching for his wife and three children
- The man’s family said that their mother had brought the children to Vadnais Lake
- It’s believed that the mother entered the water with her children in a murder suicide
- Investigators determined that the mother entered the water with her children after their shoes were found close to the water
- Authorities in Minnesota promised to search through the night in attempts to locate the bodies of the missing children
A young child was found drowned after allegedly being killed by his mom – with two siblings under five and the mom herself still missing, after the children’s dad reportedly killed himself.
Meanwhile, the children’s unnamed mom remains missing. Police believe she may have killed her children, then herself, after her husband reportedly shot himself dead at the family home earlier on Friday morning.
The husband has been named only as Kos by his sister, Pa Lee, who shared news of her siblings’ tragic death on Facebook, as well as the discovery of one of Kos’s children’s bodies, and fears the late dad’s other two children are dead too.
It remains unclear what triggered the tragic chain of events.
A Maplewood Police Department spokesman said that around 4:00 pm on July 1, authorities were called to Vadnais Lake as getting a report about a possibly suicidal mother who was on her way there with her children.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said that investigators determined that the children went into the water with their mother in an apparent murder suicide as the children’s shoes and mother’s car was found close to the water.
That spokesperson confirmed that one child had been found dead. Sheriff Fletcher told the media that it’s being treated as a triple murder.
The children’s father identified by the name Kos in several social media posts. His sister wrote on Facebook: ‘Forever goodbye my nicest brother’. He is believed to have shot himself dead at the family’s home in Maplewood, Minnesota this morning. Cops now fear his wife – who hasn’t been named – has drowned the couple’s three young children in a nearby lake, and also killed herself
The children’s father was found dead here at a home in a mobile home park in Maplewood, Minnesota
Investigators said that the children’s father committed suicide using one of his two guns in his bedroom while wearing pajamas
Authorities promised to continue the search for the missing children and their mother into the night
Officials confirmed that the horror unfolding at the lake is related to a suicide at the Rolling Hills Estates Mobile Home Park earlier in the day.
The man who committed suicide at the trailer park is the children’s father and husband to the missing woman.
All of the children are under the age of five. Fletcher said: ‘A horrible set of facts appears to be developing. 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.’
Officials said that the search and rescue team will continue searching through the night.
The sister of the children’s father wrote on Facebook on the morning of the suicide: ‘Forever goodbye my nicest brother. Why are you making me so mad and sad at the same moment. I’m so sorry that I’m 20 minutes late and cannot help you.’
She added: ‘I drive so fast to help you and to stop you but I still failed. I’m sorry that I fail you in this life and was late to help you. Only if I was faster then you will be alive.’
The father is identified in several social media posts as Kos.
In a series of videos that were posted by family members, investigators reveal that the children’s father committed suicide in his bedroom while wearing pajamas.
One of those videos shows the bedroom to be ransacked.
A family member suggests that the father owned more than one gun and that he used the ‘bigger one’ to take his own life.
Other videos show large members of the Hmong community surrounding the lake, staying close to police as the search continued into the night.
The Twin Cities area is home to the largest concentration of Hmong people in the United States with more than 66,000 calling the area home.