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Authorities: Beth Kraus Shot Herself, Kids in Alum Bridge

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Beth Kraus, 32, shot and killed her two kids, Kaden Kraus, 5, and Kiera Kraus, 3, before lighting a barn on fire and killing herself in Alum Bridge, between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Nov. 11, said Deputy Robert Ryan of the Lewis County Sheriff's Office at a press conference Thursday morning.

Doug Kraus found the remains of his wife and children in a burned out barn on the morning of Nov. 12 after returning from a night shift at his job.

Investigators said they spent more than 100 hours investigating the case.

The investigation indicated that Kraus was dealing with personal issues and was believed to be in a strained marriage.  There is no reason to believe anyone else was involved in this incident, Ryan said.

The State Fire Marshal's Office also assisted in the investigation.

Update

The Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney and the Lewis County Sheriff's Office have announced a press conference scheduled for Thursday morning regarding the Nov. 12 deaths of Beth Kraus, 32, Kaden Kraus, 5, and Kiera Kraus, 3.

The State Medical Examiner's office determined that the three were shot before being found in a barn on their family's property.

The Lewis County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency on this case.  No arrests have been made at this time.

Update

Autopsy results from the State Medical Examiner's office have determined that Beth Ann Kraus, 32, Kaden Edward Kraus, 5, and Kiera Marie Kraus, 3, were shot before being found in a barn on their family's property on Nov. 12, according to Reed Cook, Deputy State Fire Marshal.

Investigators have called in forensic experts from the Smithsonian to examine evidence, said Cook.

The Lewis County Sheriff's Office remains the lead investigating agency on the case.  No arrests have been made at this time.


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The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Lewis County Sheriff's Office are investigating a fire in the Alum Bridge area of Lewis County that happened sometime between 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. Monday.

The remains of a woman and her two children were found in a barn behind the family's Crooked Run Road home when the father of the children returned from work and called 911 at 7:51 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12  said Reed Cook, Deputy State Fire Marshal. The building was totally consumed, Cook said. 

A pistol was also recovered in the fire scene, Mark Lambert Assistant State Fire Marshal said Wednesday, Nov. 14. 

The State Medical Examiner's Office identified the remains Wednesday as Beth Ann Kraus, 32, and her two children, Kaden Edward Kraus, 5, and Kiera Marie Kraus, 3, according to Deputy Robert Ryan with the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators were on the scene of the fire Monday, Nov. 12  collecting evidence to determine what may have caused the fire, said Cook.

The West Virginia State Police, along with the State Fire Marshal's Office, DNR Natural Resources Police and Lewis County EMS also responded to the scene.