Four Dead in Missouri Campground Shooting
The bodies of a woman and three children were found Saturday (March 17) at a Missouri campground in what police are now investigating as a murder-suicide, the New York Daily News reported.
The four bodies were discovered by a guest at the Blue Springs Ranch & Resort in Bourbon, Mo., on a gravel road, a local sheriff told KSDK.
Police said evidence showed the dead woman killed the children before killing herself.
“We don’t know for sure, but it kind of appears it could be that way. But again the investigation is still kind of early,” Crawford County Sheriff Randy E. Martin told the local station.
The woman and children likely died around 1 p.m. on Saturday, Martin said, indicating the bodies had been at the campground for “hours.”
Each body was found with a gunshot wound and a handgun was found close to the group, Martin said.
Sheriff Martin did not confirm the shooting victims were a mother and her three children but did not release the identities of the deceased.
“We’re trying to get some people out here to make a positive identification and we can release some names and more information,” Martin told KSDK, “but at this time, we don’t know that for a fact.”
Indicating they are treating the case as a murder-suicide, Martin also said investigators were not seeking other suspects in the case.
“We’re not looking for anybody at this time,” he said.