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River Falls police said Friday that Aaron Schaffhausen may have dumped a laptop computer and carrying case in a roadside ditch before turning himself in for the murders of his three daughters. Police are trying to recover the computer as part of their investigation.

It is believed to be a Sony VAIO computer in a Targus laptop bag.

Schaffhausen may have traveled on roads leading east or north of the home on Morningside Avenue, possibly as far away as Baldwin, Wis. At the time, he was driving a metallic blue 2012 Chevrolet Cruze with a California license plate.

If you see any of these items, or if you spotted a car matching this description between 1:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, call the River Falls Police Department immediately at 715-425-0909.

Aaron Schaffhausen, 34, of Minot, N.D. is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of 11-year-old Amara Schaffhausen, 5-year-old Cecilia Schaffhausen and 8-year-old Sophie Schaffhausen.

According to the charges, the girls' mother got a call from Schaffhausen on Tuesday at 11:45 a.m., saying he was in St. Paul and wanted to see his daughters. His ex-wife said he could visit as long as he was gone by 3:30, because she didn't want to see him.

A babysitter told authorities that Aaron Schaffhausen got to the home at about 1:25 p.m. and the girls rushed to the door, excited to see their father. After a short conversation, the girls went to Amara's room with their father.

The babysitter sent a text to the girls' mother saying he had arrived, and asked whether or not she should stay. The girl's mother told her she could leave, and the babysitter sent a text at 1:44 p.m. to say her mother was picking her up from the home.

At 3:30 p.m., Aaron Schaffhausen called his ex-wife to say, "You can come home now because I killed the kids."

Prosecutors believe the two older girls -- Amara and Sophie -- died from their throats being cut. The youngest, Cecilia, died from a cut throat and strangulation.

Investigators said there was a large amount of blood found on the carpet in one of the rooms, and a red gas can had been tipped over under the basement stairs, spilling gasoline on the floor.

Aaron Schaffhausen is being held on $2 million bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 24.

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