Husband Fearful Wife Was Suicidal Before Murder-Suicide

Carol Daniel

BALLWIN, Mo.(KMOX) — The husband of the woman who police say shot the couple’s three young daughters and then herself last weekend told police he feared she was suicidal.   The deaths have been ruled a murder-suicide.

St. Louis County Police records obtained by KMOX show Leonard Adewunmi of Ballwin filed a missing persons report Friday evening.  In his statements to police he said his wife Christine was diagnosed as bi-polar and was depressed and that she had left with the kids twice before including once just days before she went missing.  He also told police that his wife had lied about her whereabouts but that she had always returned home.  He last saw his family Friday morning when he went to work.  He told officers when he came home that evening at 6pm and they weren’t home, that’s when he began calling his wife’s cell phone.  Adewunmi says he got no answer after 25 attempts.  He also called her father and sister and neither of them had heard from her.

He was able to track her credit card use and told authorities that it was used Friday morning around 11 a.m. at a McDonald’s restaurant in Sullivan Missouri.

Leonard Adewunmi also told authorities that he had checked the history on the families computer to show which web sites were visited and he believed she was looking at web sites on how to kill yourself and searches for depression.  Christine Adewunmi had gone to see a therapist according to her husband and she’d been advised that she should go to the hospital,

Later Saturday afternoon, Christine’s sister Debbie Van Deven told police that Christine and Leonard had gone to Mercy Hospital for an evaluation Thursday March 15th and that Christine had told the hospital staff that she planned to admit herself for treatment the next day, the same day she left home.  Van Deven told police she didn’t believe that her brother-in-law knew that his wife had agreed to admit herself.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the bodies were found Saturday afternoon at the Blue Springs Ranch and Resort near Bourbon, Missouri about 80 miles from St. Louis.  The girls, Lauren, Samantha and Kate were ages 8, 6 and 3.

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