Woman charged with killing mother and sister in staged murder-suicide

Megan Hargan

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.

Megan Hargan questioned by detective. Photo via FCPD.

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.”



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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.