Two children found dead in trunk of car on reservation

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Police trying to figure out how kids ended up in trunk

MESA - The Salt River Police Department is investigating the death of two small children, ages 4 and 6, who were found in the truck of a car.

On Saturday, Aug. 2, the Salt River Police Department responded to Dobson Heights, a subdivision on the reservation, around 8:30 p.m. in reference to two missing children.

During a search of that area and the surrounding desert area, the mother discovered the children in the trunk of a parked vehicle.

The children were found dead.

SRPD Criminal Investigation Division Staff including Detectives and Crime Scene Specialists are investigating.

Autopsies are being conducted on the bodies.

"The Community is truly saddened by this unfortunate incident, our sympathy are with the families and the Community in the loss of these young children. You hear about these types of situations in the mainstream, never expecting an incident so tragic in your own Community."Janet L. Johnson, Community Relations Director, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The investigation is ongoing.