5 women, girls found dead in apparent household in Arkansas


All five individuals are believed to be related, officials said.

Five women and girls were found dead in a house in rural Arkansas, which police believe many commit suicide on Christmas night.

According to the Pope County Sheriff’s Office, a family member reported the incident to police Friday night after visiting a home in Arkins, Arkansas.

While they have not identified any suspects, they do not believe anyone is on a large scale. One of the dead, Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones, is believed to have said at a press conference Saturday afternoon.

The victims, all believed to be related, included three children between the ages of 8 and 50 and two adults.

Authorities said the individuals were shot, Jones said. They have not been identified.

“It’s rare anywhere,” Jones said of the case. “We just need to pray for a family that is just devastated.”

The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating a motive for the murders.

“At this time, we consider this to be an isolated incident, and do not feel that there is any continued threat to the local public,” the Pope County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Crime Lab are involved in the ongoing investigation.

Atkins is located about an hour northwest of Little Rock.

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