NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- Police in Virginia are investigating as
a quadruple homicide the deaths of a mother and her three children
in a Newport News apartment where a fire was reported earlier
The Daily Press reports that police were called to the family's home at 2:26 p.m. Friday after someone reported smelling smoke. Newport News police spokesman Harold Eley said a maintenance worker went inside and found a body.
Police said a teenage girl was burned beyond recognition, and that the other three victims had physical trauma to their bodies.
WAVY-TV reported that a man and a young child were missing from the home, but that the 5-year-old boy was located Friday evening with family members in South Carolina.
Police on Friday issued an alert for the woman's husband, 36-year-old John Moses Ragin, who was driving a black Saturn.
Investigators are still trying to determine when the family was killed and how they died.
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