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Police: Killer behind the five deaths in rural Indiana still at large

The mobile home of Roy Napier where four people were found dead in rural Franklin County near Laurel, Ind., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. A fifth person was found dead across the street. AP Photo/AJ Mast

(CBS/WISH/AP) LAUREL, Ind. - Investigators probing the fatal shootings of five people in rural southeastern Indiana said Tuesday that no suspects have been identified. It also appears that the killer or killers wasn't among the dead.

Police officials revealed Tuesday night that four of the five found dead were shot in the head and the fifth person was shot in the chest and possibly hit in the head, reports CBS affiliate WISH.

Indiana State Police said the cases are now considered murder investigations, and they continued to seek the public's help to find those involved. ISP said Tuesday night they had no suspects yet.

"We can't be at every single house at every single minute," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin, reports the station. "That's why we are telling folks here in the community, make sure you keep everything locked up."

The five victims, including four from one family, were found dead Sunday at two properties near the town of Laurel which is 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis. Police rushed to the scene after a passerby found a 4-year-old girl walking along a country road.

"Right now the only one we know who escaped the crime scene is the child," Goodin said at a news conference in nearby Brookville. He would not provide any other information about the girl other than to say she was safe.

He identified the four victims who were shot in the head as Roy Napier, 50; Angela Napier, 47; Melissa Napier, 23; and Jacob Napier, 18.

Angela Napier's sister Teresa Richardson, said the home where the bodies were found belonged to Roy Napier, who lived there with their adult daughter and son. She said her sister was visiting them Sunday.

The fifth victim, Henry Smith, 43, died from a gunshot to the chest and had possibly been beaten in the head, Goodin said.

Anyone with information should contact detectives at the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles, 812-689-5000, or 1-800-566-6704. Callers can remain anonymous.

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