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Mo. mother, 3 girls dead; murder-suicide suspected

Associated Press Modified: September 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm •  Published: September 6, 2012
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DE SOTO, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman sent a goodbye email to her ex-boyfriend, then apparently shot and killed her three young daughters before turning the gun on herself, authorities said Thursday.

The bodies of 22-month-old Faith Ehlen, 10-year-old Autumn Cochran and 11-year-old Alyssa Cochran were found early Thursday inside a vehicle parked outside the home of their mother's boyfriend, Christopher Ehlen, near De Soto, about 45 miles south of St. Louis.

Their mother, 32-year-old Lisa Cochran, was found dead on the front porch steps.

Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer said all four had been shot in the head. A 12-gauge shotgun purchased by Cochran at a Walmart store on Aug. 29 was found beside her.

"That information, the purchase of the shotgun and compiling everything we have so far, leads us to believe we're dealing with a murder-suicide and not a homicide," Boyer said.

Faith was the daughter of Ehlen and Cochran. The older girls were from a previous marriage.

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