Camp­ground deaths may be mur­der-sui­cide

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BOUR­BON | The week­end killings of a woman and three chil­dren at a camp­ground and re­sort in east­ern Mis­souri was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated Sun­day as a pos­si­ble triple mur­der-sui­cide.

Craw­ford County Sher­iff Randy Martin told broad­caster KSDK that in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the shoot­ings oc­curred Satur­day morn­ing in a re­mote area along a gravel road at the Blue Springs Ranch & Re­sort and that the bod­ies had been there for “hours” when a guest found them about 1 p.m. Each vic­tim sus­tained one gun­shot wound, and a hand­gun was found close to the bod­ies, he said.

Asked whether he be­lieves the woman shot the three chil­dren and then her­self, Sher­iff Martin told the sta­tion, “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.”

He added that in­ves­ti­ga­tors weren’t seek­ing any sus­pects.

Sher­iff Martin said the vic­tims weren’t guests at the fa­cil­ity, which is south of Bour­bon and about 80 miles south­west of St. Louis. Although the woman’s ve­hi­cle was found in the vicin­ity and there was iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with her body, Sher­iff Martin de­clined to iden­tify the vic­tims or their re­la­tion­ship to one an­other. He said only that they weren’t from the Craw­ford County area.

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