"We certainly did not see this horrific ending that this case has come to," says a deputy after a mother and her two sons were found dead in Colorado on Wednesday, some 12 hours after they were reported missing. Authorities say Jennifer Laber took her two children out of school in Highlands Ranch around 2pm Tuesday and drove off in her minivan, reports the Denver Post. After Laber's husband reported the three missing around 8pm, authorities circulated photos of the family and a description of Laber's vehicle, which a passerby spotted parked at a vacant store in Lone Tree around 8am Wednesday. Inside, Laber, 36; Ethan, 5; and Adam, 3, were dead.
Autopsies are scheduled for Thursday morning, but authorities say they aren't looking for suspects—Laber's husband is cooperating with police, and is not considered a suspect—and there is no threat to the community, per the Denver Channel. According to a neighbor, Laber suffered from depression, but "none of us saw this coming, not even [her husband]." "We do not have a lot of answers," says a rep for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, noting no Amber Alert was issued before the bodies were found because "there were no red flags." He adds authorities are now trying to "piece this together and give this father the answers he so desperately is going to need as he faces this real hollow time in his life," per KDVR. (Read more Colorado stories.)