Two people whose bodies were found at the scene of a Thursday house fire on Senate Avenue both died of gunshot wounds, and the Fort Wayne Police Department believes the blaze was set to cover up the deaths.
According to an email from Officer Raquel Foster of the FWPD, investigators believe whoever started the fire was "highly likely involved in the murder of the victims found inside the house," and the public's help is requested in finding those responsible.
The cause of death and ruling of homicide were the findings from autopsies performed this morning at the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center, according to senior investigator and deputy coroner Patt Kite.
The victims were found in a house fire at 3215 Senate Ave. just before 9 a.m. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
The bodies were identified as Terry Lee Lagrone, a 40-year-old black man, and Desiree L. Sheets, a 19-year-old black woman, both from Fort Wayne.
They are the 24th and 25th homicide victims in Fort Wayne and Allen County for this year. The investigation is being continued by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County coroner's office, the Fort Wayne Fire Department and the Allen County prosecutor's office.
Anyone with information can contact CrimeStoppers at 1-260-436-7867.