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Carroll County Sheriff: Woman found in house fire died of gunshot wound

The investigation into a Carroll County house fire is being handled as a homicide.

Posted: Sep 22, 2020 5:41 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2020 6:16 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The investigation into a Carroll County house fire is being handled as a homicide. On Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Tobe Leazenby identified the woman found in the fire as Anna Downham, 35, of Bringhurst. An autopsy revealed she died of a gunshot wound.

According to a released statement from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the fire happened just after 9 a.m. Monday morning. Officials responded to a 911 call of a house fire on South State Road 29 about a mile north of Burlington. People who stopped at the fire found Anna Downham in the house, prior to the arrival of fire trucks.

Once firefighters were able to take control of the fire, the body of an adult male was found, deceased, in the house. Additionally, it appeared that a dog inside the house was killed by the fire.

The coroner is still working to identify the male with DNA and dental records. Investigators do not believe the male is connected to Downham's death.

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