UPDATE: Two Found Dead Following Car Fire; Names Released

By: Brad Myers; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Brad Myers; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 3/20/14 4:45 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Gallia County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the two people found dead inside a burned car in Gallia County last Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff Joe Browning says the victims have been identified as 21-year-old Terrell A. Hurt of Point Pleasant, W.Va. and 20-year-old Tyler D. Pearson of Gallipolis, Ohio.

The identifications were confirmed by the Gallia County Coroner Dr. Daniel Whitely.

Sheriff Browning says the cause of death is still pending. Autopsy results have not yet been released.

The sheriff says investigators are now focusing on what started the car fire.

The Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office and Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation are also assisting in the investigation.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest updates.



UPDATE 3/14/14 4:45 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- There are still more questions than answers after the bodies of two men were found inside a burning car.

The Gallia County Sheriff's Department, the Ohio Fire Marshal's Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are working to figure out exactly what happened, but it seems they all agree it was not a car crash.

"{The car} was totally engulfed when they arrived there," Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning said. "They were able to extinguish it, and of course, discovered there were two bodies in the driver and passenger front seat of the vehicle."

Browning said investigators quickly determined it was not a crash, but what caused the fire is still unclear.

"There's no apparent reason for the fire that we could see just through initial examination," he said.

When asked if the fire looked like a mobile meth lab, Browning said, "That possibility exists, but again, right now any possibility exists. It could have simply been a vehicle fire. I guess the question is why were those two victims not able to escape that fire and what happened during that process."

Browning said a meth lab technician was called in from the Jackson County (Ohio) Sheriff's Department to assist with the investigation. Deputies would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the situation.

"We're asking anyone who may have been along Gardners Ford Road off of Ohio State Route 325 around 3-3:30 p.m. If they saw anything suspicious at all, to call our office."

Investigators have been able to identify the owner of the burned out car, and they also found another car in the area. Browning believes that second vehicle may belong to the passenger who was found dead in the burned car.

Deputies have now contacted the families of both owners of the cars. Browning said there's a strong likelihood that investigators already know who the victims are, but they are holding off on releasing their identities until the autopsies come back.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/13/14 10:45 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – Two people were found dead inside a burned out car in Gallia County Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff Joe Browning tells WSAZ.com the car and bodies were discovered at about 3:30 p.m. along Garners Ford Road in Raccoon Township.

Browning says the victims have not been identified.

He says the family of the person the car is registered to has been notified.

Browning says deputies are now focusing on what started the fire and how the two people died.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has arrived to help with the investigation.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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