Mother finds two kids dead in car trunk

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) 8-08

Autopsies were being performed on two children found dead by their mother in the locked trunk of a car on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community east of Scottsdale.

The children were ages 4 and 6.

Salt River community spokeswoman Janet Johnson says the mother discovered the two about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 2.

Earlier, the children were reported missing from the Dobson Heights subdivision.

Johnson could not confirm the name of the mother or reveal details about the children because the case is under investigation.

The Arizona Republic Web site reports tribal police had searched the surrounding desert and immediate area and went house to house in hopes of finding the children.

Johnson calls the deaths “tragic,” adding: “The community is truly saddened by this unfortunate incident.”

Attempts to reach Salt River police for comment were unsuccessful.