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Woman found dead with 3 kids was 'good mom'

A woman found dead with her three children at a ranch in Missouri was a "very good mom" who was always caring for her daughters, neighbors say.

The woman and the girls -- Christine Adewunmi, 37, Lauren, 8, Samantha, 6, and Kate, 3 -- were found Saturday afternoon near a SUV at the Blue Springs Ranch campground in Bourbon, Mo., media reports say. Each victim was shot once, and a handgun was located nearby.

Evidence at the scene suggests that it was a murder-suicide, though the investigation was ongoing, Crawford County Sheriff Randy Martin told

The highway patrol was still trying to track down some leads, such as where the handgun came from, he said.

“We’re pretty confident that this was a murder suicide … we’re not looking for anybody else right now,” he said.

When asked if authorities had an indication of what the motive could have been, Martin said: “No, not that I can give out at this point.”

Leonard Adewunmi had reported his family missing about 6 p.m. Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Neighbor Lisa Stemler, 46, said she saw Christine Adewunmi Friday afternoon, and they waved to one another.

“That smile on her face ...,” Stemler, 46, told the newspaper. “I have her face plastered in my mind.”

Stemler said Adewunmi was a stay-at-home mother who could be seen shuttling her daughters to the Girl Scouts and sports practices.

“Those kids were her life,” Stemler said, noting that she didn't know the husband as well: “None of us really saw him a whole lot.”

Leonard Adewunmi, 42, is listed on LinkedIn as a managing partner of CRI Commercial Properties, which says it owns and manages several apartment and commercial units in the St. Louis area, the Post-Dispatch reported.'s Miranda Leitsinger contributed to this report.

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