Police have ruled the tragic deaths of 37-year-old Christine Adewunmi and her three children, Laura, 8, Samantha, 6, and Kate 3, as a murder suicide.
We're pretty confident that this was a murder suicide, Crawford County Sheriff Randy E. Martin said in a statement on Monday. We're not looking for anybody else right now.
Adewunmi's husband and father of the girls, Leonard Adewunmi, reported his missing family on Friday around 6 p.m. The bodies, which all suffered from a single, fatal gunshot, were found on Saturday on a gravel road at the Blue Springs Ranch campground near Bourbon, Mo., the New York Daily News reported. Martin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that after killing her daughters, the mother turned the gun on herself.
Staff at the Blue Springs Ranch campground found the bodies after a guest reported that he thought he saw dead bodies on the gravel road. J.R. Isom, owner of the Blue Springs Ranch and Resort found the family about 100 yards away from their car. Isom described the scene as pretty gruesome.
Police are currently trying to piece together why the mother who's kids were her life could have carried out such a gruesome act.
Neighbors described Christine Adewunmi as a very good stay-at-home mom, but the woman also had a troubled mental history. According to KSDK News, the missing person's report filed by Leonard Adewunmi gave a description of his wife's mental illness. She had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression.
This hadn't been the first time that Christine had disappeared with the children. Leonard's report cited that she had taken off with the kids twice in recent weeks. He had feared she was suicidal, and had even taken his wife to be evaluated at Mercy Hospital the Thursday before her suicide. KSDK News reported that Christine had told her sister she was going to admit herself for treatment on Friday, the same day that she is believed to have killer herself and her children.
Christine Adewunmi was a loving and devoted mother. She spent the last nine years making her children the number one priority in her life, reads a statement from the family. Christine was battling depression. No one knew the depths of her problem or could ever foresee this tragedy occurring. We firmly believe the Christine we knew and loved would never intentionally hurt the children.