JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) — Jefferson County authorities say the deaths of a woman and her three daughters near DeSoto overnight, appear to have been a murder suicide.
Officers responded to the area of Vineland and Wilson Hollow Road near De Soto just after midnight Thursday. Deputies found four females, three of whom were children, dead at a home. All three children were found inside a van parked in the front yard of the home. The adult 32 year old Lisa Cochran, was found on the steps leading to the porch. All had died of apparent gun shot wounds to the head.
Authorities have identified the children as 11 year old Alyssa and 10 year old Autumn Cochran, and 22 month old Faith Elan.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon Sheriff Glenn Boyer outlined reasons why police believe the shooting was a murder-suicide. Saying the 12-gauge shotgun found near Lisa Cochran’s body was purchased a week ago Wednesday, and the gun box was found inside the van.
Boyer said Cochran also sent an ominous email to several family members and her estranged-boyfriend last night at 7:54 p.m. The email was entitled, “Goodbye,” and contained language that led police to believe that Cochran had been contemplating suicide.
Boyer said the victims were found by Cochran’s estranged-boyfriend when he came home. He called police immediately because he has an order of protection against him.
When he arrived, he saw his ex-girlfriend’s van in the driveway,” Boyer said. “There was an ex parte order against him that was filed by the girlfriend. He didn’t want to violate that order so he left.”
Sheriff Boyer said 22 month old Faith Elan was the ex-boyfriend’s daughter. The other two girls were from a previous marriage.