'Tragic loss': 7 bodies found in Minnesota home; cause of death unknown, authorities say

Seven people, including four adults and three children, were found dead inside a northwestern Minnesota home in what authorities have called a "tragic loss."

The Moorhead Police Department said in a statement Sunday the causes of deaths were still under investigation and that the bodies had been taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for autopsies.

Family members were checking on the house Saturday evening when they discovered the deaths and called 911, the department said. Police said there were no signs of violence or forced entry.

The department released few other details and said the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was helping at the scene.

Moorhead, on the border with North Dakota and the city of Fargo, has a population of more than 44,000 people.

“This is an absolute horrible tragedy, made even more poignant since it is close to the holidays,” Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson wrote in a statement sent to the Star Tribune. “My heart aches for the family and friends who received this devastating news over the weekend. Our community mourns with them during this heartbreaking time.”

KFGO-FM reported that neighbors said the children were last seen Friday.

The police department said the local school district was also contacted about the victims "to help prepare for student assistance regarding this tragic loss."

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