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3 found dead in Idaho home; missing children sought

Siblings' mother, brother believed slain

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Three people were found slain in a home, and an Amber Alert was issued yesterday for two children who live there, authorities said.

The dead were a woman believed to be the missing children's mother, a teenager believed to be their older brother, and an unidentified adult male, sheriff's Captain Ben Wolfinger said.

Authorities do not know who took the boy and girl, he said. The missing children, 8-year-old Shasta Groene and her 9-year-old brother, Dylan, lived at the house with their mother, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities were called Monday evening by a neighbor who reported ''suspicious circumstances" at the house on a bay of Lake Coeur d'Alene, Wolfinger said.

The bodies bore obvious signs of injury, but the cause of death remained undetermined, he said.

''They're treating it as an obvious homicide," Wolfinger said.

The children's parents were divorced, Wolfinger said. Investigators have talked with the father, and he is not considered a suspect or person of interest.

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