Moorhead Police are investigating the unsupervised death of a family of seven over the weekend that the town’s mayor described as devastating news for the community.
“It is an absolutely horrible tragedy, all the more poignant as the holidays approach,” wrote Mayor Shelly Carlson in a statement sent to the Star Tribune. “My heart pains for the family and friends who received this devastating news this weekend. Our community mourns with them during this heartbreaking time.”
Authorities offer few details of the preliminary investigation, but have so far said seven family members have been found dead, including three children. Police said there was no sign of violence or break-in.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, relatives called 911 to report the deaths discovered during the social check. Moorhead Police and Fire Brigade responded to the house in Block 4400 South 13th Street and began to process the scene.
Police updated the investigation on Sunday evening, specifying the number of victims – four adults and three children – and said they were taken to the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.
Although police did not specify the ages of the victims, the agency said the Moorhead area school district had received information “to help prepare for student aid regarding this tragic loss” .
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is participating in the investigation, which remains active.