Medical examiner rules two Missouri boys found dead with father died of gunshot wounds

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BENTON COUNTY, Mo. — The cause of death of Mayson, Kaiden, and Darrell Peak has been released by the Jackson County medical examiner.

According to Highway Patrol Troop A Sergeant Bill Lowe, Mayson and Kaiden died of gunshot wounds, and Darrell died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The three were found dead in a shack in Benton County Monday. On Tuesday, Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox said the deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide.

“We don’t know where they were between the time they searched, and the time they were found. Because my understanding is the lineman were actually in that building on Saturday, and obviously, there was nobody there then, so I have no idea where they spent that time in between,” said Sheriff Knox.

The three disappeared Thursday after the dad crashed a family car and took another car the two boys were already in. After a missing persons report was released, the three were seen walking along Highway 65 two different times, and Darrell refused assistance when authorities on both occasions went to talk to them.

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