Six Russian children and their pregnant mother have been found dead in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, the country’s ombudsman for children has said.
Their dismembered remains had lain undiscovered for some time, said Pavel Astakhov.
Police are hunting for the children’s father, the main suspect in the case.
Staff at the children’s pre-school reportedly raised the alarm after they failed to turn up in July. The children are thought to all be aged under six.