Monday, January 11, 2010

Witness To Fatal Fire Sought

An autopsy is being conducted on the body of a woman who died in a fire on Buck Mountain Road over the weekend, but sheriff David Andrews says that his department is treating the case as a homicide. He says investigators believe the victim, 55-year-old Jennifer Smith, had been murdered and that the house may have been set on fire. But officials have yet to say just how the fire started or why they suspect foul play. They DO want to talk to the man who first saw the fire and asked a neighbor to call 911.The sheriff says that witness is NOT considered a suspect, but may have information that would help in the investigation. Smith was a home health nurse, who reportedly lived alone in the house. Authorities say she had reported a burglary there last month in which someone broke in and stole a television, but they don't know whether the two incidents are related.