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Va. Police Probe Quadruple Homicide



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    Police in Virginia are investigating as a quadruple homicide the deaths of a mother and her three children in a Newport News apartment where a fire was reported earlier Friday.

    The Daily Press reports that police were called to the family's home at 2:26 p.m. Friday after someone reported smelling smoke. Newport News police spokesman Harold Eley said a maintenance worker went inside and found a body.

    Police said a teenage girl was burned beyond recognition, and that the other three victims had physical trauma to their bodies.

    WAVY-TV reported that a man and a young child were missing from the home, but that the 5-year-old boy was located Friday evening with family members in South Carolina.

    Police on Friday issued an alert for the woman's husband, 36-year-old John Moses Ragin, who was driving a black Saturn.

    Investigators are still trying to determine when the family was killed and how they died.


    A Virginia man suspected in the deaths of his wife and her three children found in their burned apartment was arrested Saturday in South Carolina.

    Newport News police said in a press release that John Moses Ragin, 36, was taken into custody Saturday after he called detectives to say he was in Manning, S.C. Police said they were bringing Ragin back to Virginia after obtaining warrants for four counts of murder. Additional charges were pending.