Following a Seattle house fire Sunday which left two women dead, a 41-year-old Seattle man has been named as a person of interest in what authorities believe may have been murder. The man has reportedly been missing since the incident.
The two bodies found in the remains of the home have yet to be identified. While the case is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said there was no history of domestic violence at the home, which the man reportedly shared with his wife and daughter.
In terms of evidence that the case was a homicide, sources cited the man's unexplained absence as well as arson investigators' discovery of seven gasoline containers at the home on Monday.
When firefighters responded to the fire, the entry reportedly appeared to be intentionally blocked, though family later told investigators it was a furniture arrangement that blocked the door, and that the family normally used the side door. The family car was also reportedly found about 30 miles east of Seattle in North Bend hours after the fire.
More details about this story are sure to be forthcoming, but it is clear that authorities are intent on looking further into a possible murder, and that they believe the Seattle man may have been involved. Not enough is known about the case to offer many comments at this point, but it is interesting that authorities noted the lack of domestic violence reports from the residence.
As our readers know, those with a history of domestic violence-particularly those who are convicted of domestic violence-are often at a disadvantage when it comes to defending themselves against criminal charges. Those who have been accused of domestic violence do well to seek out an experienced attorney to help them build a solid defense in their case.
Source: Oregonlive.com, "Man sought in deaths of women found in house fire," April 23, 2012.
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