CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two children found dead in a burned Lewis County shed earlier this month were shot, authorities said Monday.
Investigators previously said they recovered a pistol from the rubble of the burned Alum Bridge outbuilding, where Beth Kraus and her two children, Kaden, 5, and Keira, 3, were found dead on Nov. 12.
"I do believe the children were shot, but that's just about all I know," Deputy Fire Marshal Reed Cook said.
UPDATE: Today he said the mother also had been shot.
Doug Kraus told police he returned home early that morning after working the night shift to find his shed burned to the ground with his wife and children dead inside.
The fire apparently began the previous night or in the early morning hours, but no one called 911. The shed was next to Kraus' home about a mile from U.S. 33 up Crooked Run Road, a single-lane gravel road. The structure was visible from the road, but there are no other homes nearby.
Doug Kraus called for emergency workers around 8 a.m. that morning. Investigators sent the bodies to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Charleston for identification and autopsies.
Investigators sent samples from the fire to the State Fire Marshal's Office lab, but results are not back yet, Cook said.