Woman, three daughters shot to death at Missouri campground

Monday, March 19, 2012 | 8:12 a.m. CDT; updated 1:21 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 19, 2012

BALLWIN — Authorities have identified the four people found fatally shot at a eastern Missouri campground as a 37-year-old mother and her three daughters.

The Crawford County Sheriff's Department said Monday that Christine Adewunmi, and her three children, 8-year-old Lauren, 6-year-old Samantha and 3-year-old Kate, died of gunshot wounds. The family lived in Ballwin, some 20 miles west of St. Louis.

The sheriff's department said the bodies were found Saturday in a remote area at the Blue Springs Ranch & Resort, in Bourbon, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis. The department said each victim was shot once, and a handgun was found nearby.

Authorities initially said the deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide, but would not comment on a possible motive Monday.

Sheriff Randy Martin said Saturday that autopsies are planned.


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