Fears grow for missing Minnesota girl, 6, whose mom was found dead of suicide Saturday as police helicopter is seen circling cornfields close to youngster’s home
- Police found 39-year-old Lisa Wade dead of an apparent suicide inside her home just outside of Minneapolis around noon on July 2
- Since then, authorities have been searching for Wade’s daughter, 6-year-old Elle Ragin
- Investigators believe that prior to her suicide, Wade had something to do with her daughter’s disappearance
- The search for Ragin appears to be centered around a cornfield close to the family’s home
A frantic search is underway for a missing six year-old girl whose mother was found dead of suicide on Saturday.
Elle Ragin has not been seen in several days, with her mom Lisa Wade, 39, discovered to have killed herself at her home in Northfield, Minnesota on July 2.
Cops fear Wade was involved in Ragin’s disappearance prior to taking her own life, but haven’t said what prompted this theory.
They’ve yet to disclose further information on what led to Wade killing herself, and haven’t said whether they believe Elle to be alive or dead.
A police helicopter was filmed circling a cornfield close to the missing girl’s home Sunday night, according WCCO reporter Kirsten Mitchell.
Mitchell also quoted Northfield Police Chief Mark Elliot as saying: ‘Our hopes and our prayers are that we will be able to find Elle safe somewhere and our deepest sympathies go out to the family for their loss of Lisa.’
Authorities gave an update Sunday evening that saw them share a new photo of the mom and daughter – but which did not offer any further information on the hunt for Elle.
Elle Ragin is six years old has brown curly hair and brown eyes. She is 3-feet-6 inches tall and weighs 45 pounds
Investigators believe that prior to taking her own life, Lisa Wade had something to do with her daughter’s disappearance
A former neighbor of Lisa Wade’s wrote on Facebook: ‘She is the sweetest little girl, and she had a wonderful family’
Multiple social media posts showed police helicopters and search teams circling around a cornfield close to the family’s home
Wade lived in the along the 600 block of Maple Brook Court in Northfield, which sits 40 miles south of Minneapolis. Police called to the home just before noon on 11:50 am where they found Wade’s body.
A former neighbor of Lisa Wade’s wrote in a Facebook post promoting the search for Ragin: ‘She is the sweetest little girl, and she had a wonderful family. We don’t know what to think, but have been thinking and praying for her all day.’
Ragin is a student a Prairie Creek Community School.
Ragin has brown curly hair and brown eyes. She is 3-feet-6 inches tall and weighs 45 pounds. Authorities are asking anyone who has had contact with Wade in the last two weeks or who has any information about Ragin’s whereabouts to contact the Northfield Police Department on 507-645-4477.
Authorities are asking anyone who has had contact with Wade in the last two weeks to call the Northfield Police Department on 507-645-4477
One neighbor said that police have been going door-to-door seeking information about Wade’s recent behavior
Wade lived in the along the 600 block of Maple Brook Court. Police called to the home just before noon on 11:50 am where they found Wade’s body
The search for Elle Ragin is occurring less than 50 miles from where another Minnesota mom named Molly Cheng, killed herself and is believed to have killed her three children at Lake Vadnais, Minnesota on Friday.
Their deaths came hours after Cheng’s husband, named only as Kos, also took his own life with a gun shot wound in his bedroom.
The family were members of Minnesota’s Hmong community. 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.
Cheng, a beautician and tattoo artist, was a native of Bangkok, Thailand.
Further details on what sparked the horrific suicide and subsequent triple murder-suicide have not been shared.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, you can text the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 741741 or call 1-800-273-8255.
Molly Cheng, left, of Maplewood, Minnesota is believed to have killed herself and her three children following her husband’s (right) suicide on Friday, not far from where Elle Ragin went missing
Police recovered the bodies of Molly Cheng’s three children from Lake Vadnais in Minnesota, just north of Minneapolis