In July of last year 23-year-old Helen Lorena Hargan and her mother, 63-year-old Pamela Denise Hansen Hargan, were found dead in a home in the 6700 block of Dean Drive in McLean. Both had been shot.
Fairfax County detectives say it didn’t take them too long to suspect that deaths were staged to appear to be a murder-suicide. Their investigation led them to Pamela Hargan’s other daughter, 35-year-old Megan. They questioned Megan Hargan on the day the two women were shot and, again, a few days later.
Between then and early November of this year detectives continued their investigation. Friday they arrested Megan Hargan near her home in Monongalia County, West Virginia. She’s being charged her with the murder of her mother and sister and two counts of using a firearm while committing a felony.
“This is a tragedy, domestic violence at its worst,” Major Ed O’Carroll, the commander of the Major Crimes Bureau told a Friday afternoon news conference. “Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Helen Hargan and Pamela Hargan. Know that justice always leads to the truth, and today the criminal justice process on this case continues.”