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Murder-suicide plan spurs search

February 07, 2009|Associated Press

Authorities were searching Friday for a woman who they believe intends to kill her two children and herself.

Lisa Ruelas took her sons, ages 5 and 10, from their Altadena home Thursday, leaving a note telling of her murder-suicide plan, sheriff's officials said.

Ruelas' husband died about 18 months ago and she could be depressed, Sheriff's Lt. Greg Sisneros told KABC-TV Channel 7. He said authorities began searching for the family after friends found the home empty and the note inside.

The 38-year-old mother was believed to be driving a silver 2005 Saturn minivan with a rooftop luggage rack. The California license plate number is 5SNJ931. The boys' names are Gabriel and Evan Ruelas.

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