Megan Hargan is arrested in the murder of her mother and sister after staging their deaths to look like murder suicide at a Virginia home. Fraudulent money transfers uncovered.
Megan Hargan was arrested on Friday in West Virginia in connection with the alleged murders of Pamela Hargan, 63 and her sister, Helen Hargan, 23.
The two women were found dead in their McLean home in July of 2017. Authorities initially believed that Helen Hargan shot her mother and then herself.
In an about face, investigators now believe Megan Hargan killed both relatives and trying to deceive investigators.
‘It was made to look one way,’ Fairfaix County Police Maj. Ed O’Carroll said during a press conference on Friday. ‘Our detectives are smart and we realized that that necessarily wasn’t the case, and we followed up on every lead.’
Megan Hargan’s sister boyfriend reports murder of sisters’ mother:
WUSA9 reported authorities first being alerted to the shooting after Helen’s boyfriend, calling from Dallas. During conversations, the boyfriend said his girlfriend had called to tell him that her sister had killed her mother.
Upon arriving on the scene, the mother’s body was found in the laundry room. There were shell casings strewn about her body.
Helen’s body was found in the bedroom, a gun by her side. Both women had died of rifle wounds to the head.
Pamela’s death was immediately ruled a homicide, but Helen’s cause of death was undetermined.
— Peggy Fox (@PeggyTV) November 9, 2018
Megan Hargan fraudulent money transfers:
The break came when investigators say Megan Hargan attempting fraudulent money transfers from her mom’s bank account on the day of the murders and the day before.
The Washington Post revealed Hargan having access to her mother’s passwords and authorities finding out that documents relating to wire transfers had disappeared from Pamela’s laptop a week after her death.
O’Carroll said the public was not informed that the killer was likely still at large. He said that while ‘we always try to inform our community,’ cops did not want to let Megan Hargan know they suspected her.
Hargan, 35, was arrested near her home in West Virginia’s- Monongalia County without incident and has been indicted by a multi-jurisdictional grand jury for two counts of first-degree murder. Hargan has also been charged with two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
‘This is a tragedy — domestic violence at its worst,’ said O’Carroll, commander of the Major Crimes Bureau. ‘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.’
Tammy North, Pamela’s sister, said Hagan was motivated by money and jealousy.
The aunt said Pamela had just bought Helen a house that she was about to move into. Both daughters were living with Pamela before she was murdered.
‘There’s never been any question. I believed from day one that she did it,’ North said of her niece.