– Three people are dead in what police are calling a murder-suicide in a small northwestern Wisconsin town.

A family member visiting a home in Ashland found the bodies shortly after noon on Thursday.

Police Capt. Jim Gregoire said police found a man with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers also discovered in the home two women dead of gunshot wounds.

The weapon that investigators believe was used in the shootings was found next to the dead man.

Authorities have withheld the dead people's names pending notification of family members.

Gregoire said that process could take days. One of the women is from overseas, and the department will have to go through federal agencies to reach her family. Those agencies are closed for the Christmas weekend, he said.

Gregoire said there was no indication of what could have led to the shootings.

No one left any messages behind, he said.

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