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

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Posted: Sep 06, 2012 3:24 PM

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 Aug. 29 was found beside her.

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