SEPT. 6, 2012 - Investigators gather outside a van where three children were found dead in Jefferson County, Mo. The childrens' mother was found dead near the front porch of the home where the van was parked
DE SOTO, Mo. (AP) - Authorities believe a Missouri woman sent a goodbye email to her ex-boyfriend, then fatally shot her three young daughters before turning the gun on herself.
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.
Their mother, 32-year-old Lisa Cochran, was found dead on the front porch steps of the home near De Soto, a town about 45 miles south of St. Louis.
Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer says all four were shot in the head. A shotgun purchased by Cochrane on August 29th was found beside her.
Faith was the daughter of Ehlen and Cochrane. The older girls were from a previous marriage.
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