According to sheriff’s detectives, the mother and her three children, whose remains were discovered in a Minnesota lake over the weekend, perished in a murder-suicide. Their murders appear to have come after the father of the children committed suicide.
Molly Cheng, a 23-year-old woman, claimed that her husband had shot himself on Friday, and police and firefighters were sent to the Maplewood neighborhood of St. Paul. According to a press statement from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, the guy was eventually identified as Yee Lee, 27, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to the press release, social workers were scheduled to help Cheng and her children by police after a relative contacted 911 that afternoon to report that Cheng planned to kill both her and her children. Cheng’s cellphone was traced by Maplewood Police to Vadnais-Sucker Lake Park in Vadnais Heights, close to St. Paul.
On the lakeshore, deputies discovered Cheng’s automobile, many pairs of children’s shoes, and the car keys. They also discovered her car in a parking lot. According to the press release, emergency personnel immediately began a land- and water-based search.
The medical examiner decided that the 4-year-old, who was one of the three kids, drowned and was smothered before his body was discovered in the lake that evening. Search crews discovered a 5-year-old in the lake just after midnight; according to the press release, drowning was the child’s cause of death.
The mother’s body was discovered when detectives picked up their search on Saturday, and it was established that she had committed herself by drowning. A few hours later, they discovered the corpse of the third kid, a 3-year-old. According to the press release, the medical examiner ruled the youngster died from drowning and smothering.
The deaths of the kids were deemed murders, according to the sheriff’s office.
In the news release, Ramsey County Undersheriff Mike Martin expressed his sympathy to the family, friends, and members of the community who had been affected by the sad incident. In order to provide the surviving family members closure and clarity, the sheriff’s office is still looking into the incident’s circumstances.
Boats are not permitted on the lake, which is between five and ten feet deep, according to Eric Bradt, head of the sheriff’s water patrol.