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NEW INFO: Investigators Say Mom Shot Kids, Self Before Barn Fire

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 12/20/12 @ 11:45 a.m.
ALUM BRIDGE, W.Va. (AP) -- Lewis County authorities say a woman found dead in a barn more than a month ago shot and killed her two children before committing suicide.

Sheriff's Deputy Robert Ryan says that is the conclusion of his investigation into the deaths of 32-year-old Beth Ann Kraus and her children, 3-year-old Kiera and 5-year-old Kaden.

Doug Kraus found the bodies of his wife and children Nov. 12 in a burned-out barn near Alum Bridge after returning from a night shift at his job.

Investigators were suspicious because the barn had no utilities.

Autopsies by the state medical examiner's office later showed all three had died of gunshot wounds.



UPDATE 11/27/12 @ 12:10 p.m.
ALUM BRIDGE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A state fire investigator says two children and their mother that were found dead after a Lewis County barn fire had been shot to death.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Reed Cook says the autopsy reports for 32-year-old Beth Kraus, 5-year-old Kaden Kraus and 3-year-old Kiera Kraus have been returned.

Cook tells WSAZ.com that all three died from gunshot wounds.

The three were found dead in the burned-out barn near Alum Bridge in Lewis County on November 12.

Lewis County sheriff's deputies have refused to comment on the case since Nov. 15. They didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

Beth Kraus' husband, Doug Kraus, told police he found the bodies after working a night shift.

No arrests have been made.



UPDATE 11/14/12 @ 12:10 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia medical examiner has identified the woman and two children found dead this week after a barn fire in Lewis County.

First Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Nabila Haikal identified the victims as 32-year-old Beth Ann Kraus, her 5-year-old son, Kaden Edward Kraus, and her 3-year-old daughter, Keira Marie Kraus. Haikal performed the autopsies Tuesday.

The medical examiner's office has not released causes of death.

Authorities have refused to say whether they believe the victims died before or during the blaze behind a home in Alum Bridge.

The fire occurred sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, when the woman's husband phoned authorities.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



UPDATE 11/13/12
ALUM BRIDGE, W.Va. (AP) - Authorities aren't saying much about the woman and two children found dead in a burnt Lewis County barn, except that the woman's husband found them.

The bodies have been sent to the state medical examiner in Charleston, but a spokeswoman said Tuesday they have not been positively identified.

Neither sheriff's deputies nor fire investigators will say whether they believe the victims died before or during the blaze behind a home in Alum Bridge. Nor have they released causes of death.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Reed Cook says the woman was 32. Her son was 5 and her daughter was 3.

Their names have not been released.

Cook says the fire occurred sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, when the woman's husband phoned authorities. The barn was destroyed.



UPDATE 11/12/12
ALUM BRIDGE, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Fire Marshal's office says three people are dead after an overnight barn fire in Lewis County, W.Va. .

Deputy State Fire Marshal Reed Cook says it happened in Alum Bridge sometime between 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Cook says the victims are woman and two children. No ages or names have been released.

I's unclear if they died in or before the blaze.


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