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Woman found dead after house fire died of gunshot wound

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 17:13:43-04

CARROLL COUNTY — A woman found dead following a house fire in rural Carroll County on Monday died from a gunshot wound, the sheriff said Tuesday.

According to Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby, the woman has been identified as Anna Downham, 35, of Bringhurst.

Autopsy results provided by Carroll County Coroner Kristin Enoch indicated Downham died from a gunshot wound.

The sheriff said autopsy results for an adult male who was found dead inside the house were inconclusive with regard to the identity of the man. DNA and dental records are being consulted to positively identify the man.

The sheriff said no cause or manner of death is being released for the man found dead inside the house.

The investigation is being treated as a homicide, the sheriff said.

Passersby called 911 and reported the fire Monday morning at a house in the 2700 block of South State Road 29. The house is located approximately one mile north of Burlington.

Some of the passersby also stopped to see if anyone was still in the house and found Downham unconscious in the house prior to the arrival of firefighters. Downham was pronounced dead at the scene.

After firefighters were able to take control of the fire, they found the body of the adult male in the remnants of the house. The man was also pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff said investigators do not believe the male victim had any connection to Downham's death. The sheriff also said police do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the community and are awaiting further test results and investigation.

The investigation is being handled by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office.