A MOTHER shot dead five children, set the house on fire, then turned the gun on herself after warning her absent husband, "you'll come back to a corpse", authorities said.
Oreanna Antoinette Myers, 25, murdered her three children and two stepchildren before burning down their home in West Virginia on December 8 last year, Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan confirmed on Thursday.
The bodies of Shaun Dawson Bumgarner, 7, Riley James Bumgarner, 6, Kian Myers, 4, Arikyle Nova Myers, 3 and Haiken Jirachi Myers, 1, were found inside the home, while Myers' was found outside, Sloan said in a news conference.
The medical examiner ruled the manner of death homicide, according to the Greenbrier Sheriff.
At the time of the tragedy, Myers' husband Brian Bumgarner was away from home for work, Sloan said.
The couple had three boys together. The other two children at the home were from Bumgarner’s first marriage.
Text messages between Myers and her husband showed that his absence during the week had been “a tremendous source of contention” between them, Sloan said.
Sloan read from some of the text messages between the two.
“You’ll have nothing to come back to but to corpse. No one cares why should I?” Myers texted her husband.
“Money will come and go, once I go there’s no replacing me. I beg and cry for help but never get it. It’s my mental health that needs tending to–help me– I do not care anymore.”
According to the sheriff's department, Myers texted the father of the children hours before the slayings telling him she left something in their vehicle and that she was sorry she wasn’t "strong enough", WSAZ reports.
“This is no one’s fault but my own. My demons won over me,” she wrote.
Sloan said officers later reviewed video footage from the school bus that had dropped two of the children off at a stop on the day of their deaths.
In the clip, Oreanna can be seen wearing a coat with a hood and a red line drawn across the front of her face as she meets them, according to Sloan.
"Kian can be seen asking her 'what is the blood on your face?'," Sloan said.
"Oreanna responds, 'I drew on myself'."
Sloan said Kian then responds, 'you drew on yourself?' before they soon disappear from view.
The fire occured a short time later.
That red line was still on Myers' face when her body was found.
“You could still see the red mark drawn across the bridge of her nose underneath her eyes,” Sloan said.
She was also wearing the same coat seen in the video footage.
A letter addressed to him was later found inside the car with a bloody fingerprint next to her initials, Sloan said.
The sheriff said the woman also placed three notes inside a plastic bag and taped them to a side-view mirror on the family vehicle, including phone numbers to reach relatives, a confession and a will.
When first responders searched the couple’s broken-down vehicle in the driveway, they found three handwritten letters.
One of the letters was titled confession, WSAZ reports.
According to the outlet, the note read, “I had shot all boys in the head. I had set house on fire. I had shot myself in the head. I’m sorry mental health is serious. I hope one day someone will help others like me. Mental health is not to joke about or to take lightly. When someone begs, pleads, cries out for help, please help them. You just might save a life or more lives. Thank you, O.A.M.”
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Sloan said he was unaware of whether the woman was under treatment for any diagnosed mental illness at the time of the deaths.
According to the State Medical Examiner’s Office, shotgun pellets consistent with those removed from Myers’ body were removed from the remains of four of the five children. The sheriff says X-ray examination revealed pellets in the fifth child.
Following Thursday's press conference detailing the investigation into the murder-suicide, Frisbie wrote on her Facebook page: "She murdered my babies and now everyone knows it. I've been more than patient waiting for this day and now that it's here there is nothing that is going to keep me quiet. I fought for them while they were alive and I will continue to do so after."