Five people were found slain in two homes in rural Indiana on Sunday and their killer may be on the loose. Hit the jump to read the rest of the story.

The victims were not identified, but some of them were shot, cops said.

Sources told The Associated Press that the victims included a man, his ex-wife and their two adult children.

One local in Laurel, Ind., told the AP that her nephew, Henry Smith, 49, was killed — and she even heard the shots ring out.

“Nobody went out because they were loading the cattle here and they didn’t pay no attention to that,” Evelyn Renfro said.

Renfro said she had heard rumors of drug dealing in the area.

Police responded to the neighborhood in Laurel, about 50 miles south of Indianapolis, on Sunday afternoon after a neighbor reported seeing a small child wandering the streets alone, Indiana state troopers said.

After talking to the child and some local residents, police searched two neighboring homes, finding a dead man in an RV and two dead men and two dead women in a house across the street.

“We have five dead people and we’re trying to find out how they died,” state police spokesman Sgt. Jerry Goodin told the AP. “Some of the victims had gunshot wounds, or what appear to be gunshot wounds.”

Police said it was not clear if the killer was among the dead. A manhunt has not been launched, troopers said.

Autopsies were planned for Monday.

Goodin urged Franklin County residents to be alert.

“They should be vigilant,” Goodin said. “They need to make sure they keep the doors locked. If they see any suspicious people, absolutely they should dial 911.”