Search for missing 6-year-old continues in Northfield
The search for a missing 6-year-old in Northfield continued Monday.
Northfield Police Chief Mark Elliott said he didn’t have any updates as of Monday morning regarding Elle Ragin.
Police said they found the body of Ragin’s mother, Lisa Wade, Saturday when they were called to her home.
Northfield Public Schools wrote to district families on Sunday, noting the incident affects everyone differently.
“Situations like this one impact our entire community. I have been in contact with the Prairie Creek administration and will continue to offer our district’s support,” Superintendent Matt Hillmann said in the message. “Again, please contact NPD if you have any information about this situation.”
The district says Ragin is a first-grader at Prairie Creek Community School.
Authorities said they believe Wade was involved in her daughter’s disappearance but haven’t said why or released any other related information.
“She couldn’t have been a sweeter little girl, and always looked so darling,” Mary Wallaker, a next-door neighbor, said.
“It’s so shocking, I just keep hoping maybe … maybe the little girl went to be with somebody else, you know … maybe that was the plan … that’s what I’m hoping,” she added.
The family’s front door was covered with police tape Monday. There’s a dark residue on the door, which appears to be from crime scene technicians dusting for fingerprints.
“She’s a beautiful child, a beautiful, caring child who is much beloved in our community,” Simon Tyler, Prairie Creek’s director, said.
“Obviously, deeply concerned for Elle’s well-being, remaining hopeful for her safe return and truly appreciative of all the care and concern our community has around this situation,” he added.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is still helping with the investigation. Anyone with information that could aid in the search is asked to call Northfield police at 507-645-4477.
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