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Police in Northfield are asking the public to help locate 6-year-old Elle Ragin, who is missing after police conducting a welfare check found her mother dead on Saturday. 

According to Northfield police, authorities were called to the 600 block of Maple Brook Court in Northfield around noon Saturday, where they found 39-year-old Lisa Wade dead "of an apparent suicide."

Elle is 3'6'' and 45 pounds with brown curly hair and brown eyes. 

Ellie Ragin

"Police have reason to believe Wade may have been involved in Elle's disappearance before taking her own life," Northfield police said Sunday morning. 

Northfield police said Sunday afternoon that an extended family member requested a welfare check, which led to the discovery of Wade dead inside the home. The search for Elle continues and includes all possible resources, police said. 

"Authorities are processing the home and Wade's vehicle for clues and have conducted searches of the area with canine teams, drones and the State Patrol Helicopter with negative results," police said in an update Sunday night. 

Anyone who has seen Elle or Wade in the past two weeks is urged to call Northfield Police Department at 507-645-4477 or 911. 

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI are assisting with the investigation.

To get help for thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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