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People believed to be friends and relatives of the 60-year-old victim grieve and tend to their wounds at the scene of the fire at the home off Frost Road.
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People believed to be friends and relatives of the 60-year-old victim grieve and tend to their wounds at the scene of the fire at the home off Frost Road.

Mysterious
death in Eva

House ablaze, woman,
60, found dead; shot in head?

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

EVA — A woman was found dead Wednesday inside her burning home, Morgan County sheriff's investigators said.

Relatives saw smoke and rushed to 559 Frost Road, where they pulled Diane Wilson, 60, from the den near the front door at about 3:30 p.m., said detective Sgt. John Bili.

Bili said Wilson did not appear to have been burned but appeared to have possibly suffered a gunshot wound to the head. It was unknown if she was alive when the fire began.

The Alabama Department of Forensic Science removed Wilson's body from the scene. Coroner Russ Beard said he expects an autopsy to be performed Friday.

"We're working this as a death investigation and a suspicious fire," said Bili.

The house suffered the heaviest damage in the rear, where the fire destroyed the roof over part of the building. The fire's cause remained unknown.

Eva, Oden Ridge and Ebenezer fire departments put out the fire while sheriff's investigators took statements from witnesses and tearful family members gathered at the scene.

Wilson lived in the house with her husband, who was at work when the fire began, Bili said.

She apparently spoke to a relative by telephone a short time before the fire, Bili said.

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