CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Police in the U.S. Virgin Islands are investigating the apparent slayings of a mother and child in their home.

Detectives on the island of St. Croix are looking into the deaths of a woman in her mid-20s and her child, who appears to be between the ages of 8 and 12. They did not release the child's gender.

Police Chief James Parris says they were found Tuesday in a home in the Estate Glynn neighborhood of St. Croix, the largest and poorest island in the three-island U.S. Caribbean territory.

Parris says officers are searching for suspects and "gathering evidence that will hopefully shed light on why these shootings occurred."