Authorities: 2 people found dead in Monroe Co. home

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Raisinville Township — Two people and a dog were found dead Wednesday inside a burning Monroe County home in what officials suspect was a murder-suicide, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The bodies were discovered around 2:50 p.m. on the 3500 block of Heiss Road in Raisinville Township, officials said. Fire personnel found the bodies after responding to a 911 call and extinguishing the blaze.

The Monroe News reports the bodies of a man and woman were found by a home health care worker who made routine visits to the house. The man was discovered near a rear door while the woman was in the living room.

Evidence discovered at the scene indicates there was a homicide and suicide, officials said. The cause and manner of deaths are pending autopsies by the Wanye County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Sheriff’s officials also are investigating the cause of the fire, assisted by the Monroe City Police Department. Results are pending lab testing.

The small fire ignited inside the living room, according to Chief Joe Nash of the London-Maybee-Raisinville Fire Department. It most likely did not contribute to the deaths, Major Jeff Kemp of sheriff’s department said.

The London-Maybee-Raisinville Volunteer Fire Department, the Exeter Volunteer Fire Department and the Frenchtown Fire Department were dispatched to the scene along with the sheriff’s office.

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The Associated Press contributed.