A 1-year-old girl and her mother were found shot to death Sunday afternoon in Hallsburg near Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir, and authorities are continuing to search for a suspect, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.

Authorities were called to McLennan Park 3, off Willbanks Drive near the waterfront, shortly before 1:30 p.m. Deputies found the mother, in her 20s, shot to death outside a car, McNamara said. They found her 1-year-old daughter inside the car, still buckled into a child’s car seat, he said.

“This is just truly heartbreaking, and we are all heartbroken over this,” McNamara said. “Both were shot and killed, and we are still trying to figure out what happened.”

Authorities remained at the scene for several hours Sunday and opened a double-murder investigation, McNamara said. No one was in custody Sunday evening.

“This is a horrible, brutal double murder, and we are not going to let up until we catch them,” McNamara said. “They will be brought to justice.”

The identities of the victims were not released Sunday evening pending notification of family.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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