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Carroll County Officials: Suspect shot both victims, set house on fire, then took his own life

Carroll County Officials released further details in a homicide investigation that started with two bodies found in a house fire Monday north of Burlington.

Posted: Sep 25, 2020 4:12 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2020 4:22 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Carroll County Officials released further details in a homicide investigation that started with two bodies found in a house fire Monday north of Burlington. According to the Carroll County Coroner, dental records were used to identify 73-year-old John D. MaCurdy as the second victim found in the fire. MaCurdy just like the first victim Anna Downham died from a gunshot wound.

During the investigation, a description of a suspect's car was created and learned that Miami County Sheriff’s Deputies located a similar vehicle in a remote area of their county.  Miami County Sheriff’s Investigators were investigating an apparent suicide which was tied to the same vehicle. This happened the same day as the Carroll County fire. Both investigators met and began reviewing information on both cases and were able to link the cases. 

The deceased male in Miami County was identified as 58-year-old Daniel H. Doe of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Doe reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Officials believe Doe caused the deaths of both MaCurdy and Downham, set the house fire, then later took his own life.

.“As was indicated earlier in the week, we do not feel there is an ongoing threat to our community based on the latest information garnered in the investigation. This was a tragic event in our community and ask for thoughts and prayers for the families involved, during this time. I commend not only our investigators but also the first responders and numerous investigators who came alongside us to gain finality to the case”, stated Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby.

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