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The bodies of two of the three missing children found on Lake Minnesota

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Associated Press

VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The bodies of two young children were recovered from Lake Minnesota. Searchers are looking for a third who fears they may have intentionally drowned.

Meanwhile, the children's father died elsewhere a few hours ago, and his mother is missing. The name is not disclosed.

The sequence of events began on Friday morning when a father was found dead in a mobile home in the town of Maplewood near Minneapolis. Police determined that the woman had left with her children and the search began.

Maplewood Police Lieutenant Joe Steiner said a woman's car was found near Lake Vadne around 4 pm. Friday. Children's shoes were found on the shore.

A search of the lake found the body of a child on Friday night. A second body was found overnight. Searchers from several organizations were busy looking for a third as well as their mother on Saturday.

Authorities believe that all three children are under the age of five.

"Nothing is more tragic than losing a young child," Sheriff Bob Fletcher of Ramsey County said at a press conference on Friday. He called death "probably a triple murder."