|TRAGIC - Investigators have concluded a Greenbrier County woman murdered five young children, set the familyâs house on fire and then took her own life.|
Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan detailed the results of the investigation in a Thursday news conference in Fairlea.
Authorities began their investigation into the deaths following a house fire near the community of Williamsburg on Dec. 8.
According to Sloan, Oreanna Myers, 25, shot all five children, including three of her own, with a 4/10 single shot shotgun. She then set the two-story house on fire, went outside and shot herself. Her body was found near a picnic table. The shotgun was also recovered.
In several notes left behind, Myers said she was suffering from mental illness.
âThis is no oneâs fault but my own. My demons won over me. Sorry, I wasnât strong enough,â she wrote.
Myers was married to Brian Bumgarner. They had three children together. The other two children at the home were from Bumgarnerâs first marriage.
Sheriff Sloan said Bumgarner had been away from the home for various periods of time over a 10-day period because the familyâs only vehicle had been involved in a crash. So Bumgarner stayed with relatives to get a ride work.
Sloan said there were several text messages between Myers and Bumgarner during that time but they seemed to pick up in intensity after he left the residence on Sunday, Dec. 6, after leaving some groceries for the family.
Sloan read from some of the text messages between the two.
âYouâll have nothing to come back to but to corpse. No one cares why should I?â Myers texted her husband. âMoney will come and go, once I go thereâs no replacing me. I beg and cry for help but never get it. Itâs my mental health that needs tending toâhelp meâ I do not care anymore.â
Sloan said there had been no prior treatment for mental illness. He also said there was no history of mistreatment of the children. There were no referrals in connection with Child Protective Services.
Investigators with the state Fire Marshalâs Office said there were too much damage to the old house to tell how the fire began. Shotgun pellets from the 4/10 were found in all five children.
The names of the children murdered include Shaun Dawson Bumgarner, 7, Riley James Bumgarner, 6, Kian Myers, 4, Arikyle Nova Myers, 3 and Haiken Jirachi Myers, age 1.