By Kevin McDermott
POST-DISPATCH SPRINGFIELD BUREAU
Updated: 11:19 a.m. Tuesday
bullet Gallery: The scene in Beason
BEASON, Ill. — Five people were found dead last night in Beason, Ill., about 135 miles northeast of St. Louis.
The victims were all from the same family and range in age from 11 years old to 46 years old.
This was "a brutal homicide against an entire family," said Logan County Sheriff Steve Nichols during a press conference this morning.
Nichols said that police have no suspect in the killings and urged residents to be on alert.
"We would consider this (suspect) armed and dangerous," Nichols said. "Since we don't have the suspect in custody, I want people to be cautious."
Killed were Raymond "Rick" Gee, about 46 years old, Ruth Gee, about 39 years old, Justina Constant, about 16 years old, Dillen Constant, about 14 years old, and Austin Gee, about 11 years old.
A 3-year-old girl -- who the sheriff said was a "possible survivor" -- was found alive and she is being treated at a Peoria hospital. The Peoria hospital is not releasing information about the little girl.
Logan would not say how the family members are related or how they died.
Beason is a central Illinois farming community.
Streets remained closed in the town, and authorities say they have set up a command post.
Illinois State Police Capt. Scott Compton confirmed the agency had crime scene investigators on the scene. But Compton referred other questions to the Logan County sheriff.
Beason is also about 40 miles northeast of Springfield.
The Associated Press contributed some information for this story.