BURLINGTON – Carroll County Coroner Kristin Enoch has identified the adult male who was found dead in the fire that occurred last week north of Burlington.
Using dental records, the victim was identified as John D. MaCurdy, 73, of rural Bringhurst.
It was MaCurdy’s home that was the subject of the house fire and deaths, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department. Additionally, Enoch learned that, as with 35-year-old Anna Downham, the female adult who also was in the house, MaCurdy was found to have died from a gunshot wound.
An investigation by the sheriff’s department revealed that a vehicle could be traced to a remote area of Miami County, where investigators in that county were looking into an apparent suicide that was tied to the same vehicle, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators involved with the Carroll County case met with Miami County detectives and began reviewing information on both cases. As the information sharing progressed, investigators were able to link the deceased in Miami County with MaCurdy and Downham.
The deceased male in Miami County was identified as 58-year-old Daniel H. Doe of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Doe reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Using technological and other information gained in the investigation, officers were able to link Doe with being at the MaCurdy property the early morning on Sept. 21, and believe Doe caused the deaths of MaCurdy and Downham.
“[W]e do not feel there is an ongoing threat to our community based on the latest information garnered in the investigation,” said Tobe Leazenby, Carroll County sheriff. “This was a tragic event in our community, and we ask for thoughts and prayers for the families involved during this time. I commend not only our investigators but also the first responders and numerous investigators who came alongside us to gain finality to the case.”
Law enforcement officers continue to attempt to develop a motive and the final pieces of the investigation to provide additional closure to the case.