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Sep 22, 2009 1:34 PM by Associated Press

5 family members found slain in central Illinois

Authorities say five members of a central Illinois family were found slain in their home and a search is under way for a suspect.

Logan County Sheriff Steve Nichols said Tuesday that deputies responding to a 911 call Monday afternoon about a possible shooting in Beason found the bodies of Raymond and Ruth Gee, their teenage daughter, teenage son and younger son. He says a 3-year-old girl survived the attack.

In a news release, Nichols didn't specify how the family members were killed but said they were the victims of a "brutal" homicide. He said at a news conference that authorities are trying to identify a suspect. Nichols says the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Beason is 141 miles southwest of Chicago.

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