VADNAIS HEIGHTS --  Law enforcement in Ramsey County are investigating after recovering the bodies of three children and a woman from a lake.

On Friday at approximately 10:30 a.m, Maplewood Police Officers and Firefighters were called on a report of a possible suicide. Responding officers found a man dead.

In relation to this death investigation, at 4:00 p.m. on Friday Ramsey County Sheriff’s Deputies and Maplewood Police Officers responded to a welfare check for a woman and three small children in the area of Vadnais-Sucker Lake Regional Park. When Deputies and Officers arrived on the scene, they found a vehicle and other items, which included children’s shoes.

At approximately 7:31 p.m. on Friday Deputies pulled a child from the lake. At about midnight, a second child was located and pulled from the lake.

At approximately 10:40 a.m. Saturday a woman believed to be the mother of the three children was located and pulled from the lake.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. the third child was located and pulled from the lake.

All three children and the woman died.

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All three children are believed to be under the age of five or six years old.

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this incident as a possible triple murder-suicide.

In total, four bodies, one adult and three children (two boys and one girl) were recovered from the lake over the course of a two-day search effort.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner will determine the manner and cause of death of the adult female and three children.

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