Woman Arrested in 2017 Murder of Mom and Sister

McLean Police District –  A 35-year-old woman is facing charges in the murder of her mom and sister. On July 14, 2017, 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. They had both been shot. This morning, detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau arrested Megan Hargan near her home in Monongalia County, West Virginia for their murders.

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The bodies were discovered by officers, after a 9-1-1 call reporting someone in the home might have been killed. The scene was secured and meticulously processed over several days by our Crime Scene Section. Detectives determined early in the investigation that the scene was staged to appear to be a murder-suicide. Due to the complexity of the evidence, a reconstruction of the crime scene was completed by an independent company. Our investigation and forensic findings led us to Megan Hargan, and our Major Crimes Bureau remained vigilant while pursuing every investigative lead. We interviewed Megan Hargan on July 14th, and then again a few days later. Megan Hargan attempted fraudulent money transfers from her mom’s bank account on the day of the murders, as well as the day before. Megan Hargan was indicted by a multi-jurisdictional grand jury yesterday for two counts of 1st degree murder and two counts of using a firearm in committing a felony.

“This is a tragedy – domestic violence at its worst,” said Major Ed 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.”

Our detectives are still in West Virginia, as the case remains active. We want to thank our law enforcement partners for their cooperation on this complex case, including the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office.

For further information, watch our news conference here.


(Original release date: November 9, 2018)

UPDATE: News Conference on Developments in 2017 McLean Death Investigation

In July 2017, 23-year-old Helen Lorena Hargan and 63-year-old Pamela Denise Hansen Hargan were found dead in a home in the 6700 block of Dean Drive in McLean. This afternoon, Major Ed O’Carroll, Commander of our Major Crimes Bureau, will update the community about a development in the investigation.



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(Original release date: July 15, 2017)

Update to Death Investigation in McLean

Detectives worked through the night and have now determined the identities of the decedents as well as the sequence of events leading to their deaths.
23-year-old Helen Lorena Hargan shot her mother, 63-year-old Pamela Denise Hansen Hargan, and then shot herself.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct autopsies today and will make official determination of cause and manner of death.
Detectives want to reassure neighbors that the 7-year-old child was not home at the time of the incident and is safe with her mother.
Also, all of the family dogs have been accounted for.

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(Original release date: July 14, 2017)

Death Investigation in McLean

NOTE TO MEDIA: PIO Don Gotthardt will be at the scene and available for interview within the hour. Please find parking on Melbourne or Dean. Thank you

McLean Police District – Detectives from Homicide and Crime Scene are investigating the discovery of two bodies inside a home in the 6700 block of Dean Drive in Mclean. Officers went to the home shortly after 2 p.m. today, after a caller reported that someone in the home might have been killed. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to communicate with anyone in the home and a reverse 911 call was placed to neighbors, asking them to remain inside their homes. Officers then entered the home and discovered the bodies. It is very early in the investigation and little is known about the circumstances surrounding these deaths. Officers and detectives will likely be on the scene throughout the night, canvassing the neighborhood, seeking information. At this point, there does not appear to be a threat to public safety. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. No further details are available at this time.

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