On July 2, 2022, the Northfield Police Department responded to a call at 11:49 am to a residence in the 600 block of Maple Brook Court in Northfield, Minnesota. The officers found 39-year-old Lisa Wade dead from an "apparent suicide," People reports. An extended relative made the call to authorities, Police Chief Mark Elliot told reporters during a press release.
Lisa Wade is the mother of 6-year-old Elle Ragin, a student at Prairie Creek Community School. Elle Ragin is missing. Authorities are unable to locate the little girl.
The Rice County Sheriff's Office released a press statement via Facebook that "police have reason to believe Wade may have been involved in Elle's disappearance before taking her own life." Authorities have not disclosed exactly how Lisa Wade died.
Currently, investigators are processing the family vehicles and home for evidence of the disappearance of 6-year-old Elle Ragin. The Rice County Sheriff's Office, Northfield Police Department, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation are searching the area. The State Patrol Helicopter, canine units, and drones are being used to scout the Northfield area, and door-to-door searches are being conducted. Northfield is about 40 miles south of Minneapolis. Authorities are asking Northfield, Minnesota residents to review their Ring doorbell cameras for clues. They believe Elle Ragin is in immediate danger.
"Our hopes and our prayers are that we will be able to find Elle safe somewhere and our deepest sympathies go out to the family for their loss of Lisa." Police Chief Mark Elliot said, reports WCCO.
Elle Ragin is 3'6" and weighs 45 pounds. The little girl has brown eyes and curly brown hair.
If you have seen Elle or her mother Lisa in the last two weeks, please contact the Northfield Police Department at 507-645-4477.