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Police say the victims' 18 year old son is among the four suspects arrested in the deaths of a St. Francois County couple whose home burned Monday morning.
The bodies of 50 year old Stanley Halter and his 46 year old wife, Tammy were found after firefighters extinguished the pre-dawn blaze at the couples rural Park Hills home. Police say an autopsy indicated that Stanley and Tammy Halter had been murdered.
Four people are now in custody, including 18 year old Dallas Halter, the couple's son. Also in custody are 19 year old William Carrico, 19 year old Adam Moore and 24 year old Maxwell Lee. All four were arrested on Wednesday at different locations in and around Ironton County.
Police haven't released a possible motive for the killings.
The St. Francois County Sheriff's Office is now investigating Monday's fatal fire near Park Hills as a double homicide.
Firefighters arrived about 4:30 a.m. to find the home on Halter Lane fully involved. Authorities say flames were too intense to try to attempt a rescue.
Firefighters later found the body 50 year old Stanley Halter on a back porch and that of 46 year old Tammy Halter in the kitchen. The couples children were not home at the time of the fire.
Authorities aren't releasing the couples cause of death, only saying that the autopsies gave them reasonable cause to pursue a homicide investigation.
Park Hills is about 65 miles south of St. Louis.
Investigators have identified the two young boys who died in a house fire Monday morning.
Firefighters were called to the house in the 8200 block of Airport Road before 6 AM Monday. Stephen and Cheronna Towns, as well as their 4-month-old daughter Deja, managed to escape the blaze through a bedroom window. Firefighters extinguished the fire and found the bodies of 3-year-old Isaiah Towns and 4-year-old Stephen Towns Jr. in the house.
Stephen Towns received critical burns from the fire when he tried to save the young boys. Several space heaters were found inside the home, and officials say they may have contributed to the fire. The investigation is ongoing.
A retired high school teacher and her adult nephew are dead after a fire destroyed their west end home Monday evening. St. Louis Firefighters arrived around 6 p.m. to find the three-story house in the 5700 block of Bartmer Avenue fully engulfed. They were unable to reach the two people inside the burning building.
Relatives have identified the victims as 80 year old Dorothy Jones and her 62 year old nephew Tom McKinney. Jones taught math and science for many years at McKinley High School. McKinney ran a lawn service and took care of his aunt.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire, but relatives speculate that it may have involved a space heater. They say the home had central heat, but Jones had trouble staying warm and was known to use a small heater.
Fire investigators say they haven't found any working smoke detectors in the home.
A man is dead after a house fire in Edwardsville, now investigators are working to figure out how the fire started.
Emergency crews responded to the home in the 9-thousand block of Pin Oak Road, just east of I-55 around 5 a.m. Thursday.
First responders found the man's body in the upstairs bedroom.
The coroner's office tells KTRS News that multiple agencies are looking into the blaze but they don't think the fire is suspicious.
The man's name is being withheld pending family notification.
Fire investigators are trying to determine if portable space heaters played a roll in an overnight fire that killed a 14 month old child.
Fire crews were called to the home at North 25th Street and Angelica in north St. Louis about 2:00 a.m.
Firefighters rescued three adults from the burning home, but the child had already died when they found him.
Fire Chief Jenkerson told Fox 2 News that the building had no heat, and several space heaters were in use.
The adults pulled from the building were taken to a hospital. Their conditions aren't known.
FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) - The victim of a fatal car fire in a Fernley motel parking lot has been identified as a 62-year-old Missouri woman.
Lyon County Sheriff's Lt. J.L. Pattison said Thursday dental records confirmed the identity of Greiss Ghobrial of Wildwood, Mo. He said the cause of death remains under investigation but no foul play is suspected.
Her body was found in a burned out car by emergency crews responding to a report of a fire late Tuesday night at the Comfort Suites off U.S. Interstate 80 about 30 miles east of Reno.
Firefighters said they found her inside the car after they extinguished the blaze.