Authorities in West Virginia said a mother and stepmother to five young children shot and killed them before setting a home on fire and taking her own life.
“Our moral fabric finds it unconscionable that a mother could harm her own children or take their own life,” Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan said Thursday at a news conference. “Obviously, we can’t determine why Oreanna Myers chose to end the life of her own children and her own life, but that is what we concluded occurred.”
Dec. 8, 2020, Emergency personnel responded to the fatal fire which the media stated had that four of the children were originally found dead inside the home, and Myers was found dead outside the home. A sixth victim, another child, was later found among the rubble.
The sheriff said that Myers’ body was found beside a picnic table outside the home with a gunshot wound to the head.
Sloan said investigators found a note with the mother’s initials titled, “My Confession.”
“I had shot all the boys in the head. I had set house on fire. I had shot myself in the head,” the note said. “I’m sorry. Mental health is serious. I hope someday someone will help others like me. Mental health is not to joke about or to take lightly.”
For family members, she wrote;
“I’m sorry, this is no one’s fault but my own. My demons won over,” the note read.
To her husband, Brian Bumgarner, she wrote;
“I’m so sorry Brian,” the letter read with a bloody fingerprint next to her initials. “I wasn’t strong enough for you or this family. I’m sorry for my evil crimes. I was not able to fight these demons.”
The sheriff said that the 25-year-old Myers was the biological mother of three of the children: a 4-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. She was the stepmother of the other two children, a 7-year-old and a 6-year-old.