Three young sisters were found dead yesterday at their home in River Falls – and their father is awaiting charges in what’s apparently a triple homicide.
Police said the house had a smell of gas when officers went in. And the only people inside were the three dead girls, who ranged in age from 5-to-11. Police said they appeared to fit the descriptions of the girls who lived in the house. Their mother called 9-1-1 around 3:30 p-m with concerns about the youngsters’ safety, due to reportedly threatening statements made by their 34-year-old father. He turned himself into police around 4:45, and he’s being held in the Saint Croix County Jail. Prosecutors could file charges today. River Falls City Administrator Scot Simpson told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the parents were apparently divorced. Authorities have not said how the youngsters died. Simpson said the mother is assisting police – but she was not allowed to enter the home late last night because police were still gathering evidence. The state Justice Department was helping River Falls Police investigate, along with sheriff’s deputies from Saint Croix and Pierce counties. Police Chief Roger Leque said his department is saddened by what happened, and there’s no danger to the community at this point. Officials said support services are being established to help those who need them.