6-year-old Minnesota girl Elle Ragin is missing, mother Lisa Wade was found dead of apparent suicide

Minnesota police have launched a frantic search for a 6-year-old girl who has been missing since her mother was found dead in an apparent suicide over the weekend.

The body of Lisa Wade, 39, was discovered by police at her home in Rice County around noon on Saturday. However, the woman’s baby daughter, Elle Ragin, was nowhere to be found.

Authorities believe Wade’s death – which they said was his own fault – was linked to little Elle’s disappearance.

“Police have reason to believe that Wade may have had a hand in Elle’s disappearance before she took her own life,” the Rice County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Investigators had not found the girl as of Sunday evening.

“Authorities are searching the home and Wade’s vehicle for leads and have searched the area with dog teams, drones and the State Patrol Helicopter with negative results,” the sheriff’s office said.

The bureau released photos and a description of the girl in hopes of locating her.

Elle is approximately 3 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 45 pounds. According to the sheriff’s description, she has brown eyes and curly brown hair.

Elle is pictured smiling next to Wade in two of the photos shared by the sheriff’s office. The picture shows the mother-daughter duo in matching outfits while Wade beams affectionately at her baby daughter.

In another, little Elle smiles broadly for the camera with a flower crown in her hair and a bright red tutu.

“Police are actively investigating this case and are asking for the public’s assistance,” the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators have asked anyone who has seen Elle or Wade in the past two weeks to call Northfield Police at 507-645-4477.

The FBI Minneapolis Field Office and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are assisting local law enforcement with the investigation.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five counties, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to 6-year-old Minnesota girl Elle Ragin is missing, mother Lisa Wade was found dead of apparent suicide


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