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SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2007

Eva woman's death under investigation

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

EVA — Investigators received preliminary results Friday in the autopsy of an Eva woman found dead inside her burning home, said Morgan County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Mike Corley.

Corley said investigators had not ruled out foul play in the death of 60-year-old Diane Wilson, but had so far found no evidence indicating foul play.

Relatives pulled Wilson's body from the den of her house at 559 Frost Drive after seeing smoke from the residence Wednesday.

Corley said the autopsy confirmed Wilson was not killed by the fire but by a single gunshot wound to the head.

Detectives recovered a handgun from the room where Wilson's body was found, but they have not yet determined if that gun fired the fatal shot, Corley said.

"As to whether she died before the fire or after the fire, we don't know," Corley said. "There are some things in this investigation, testing through forensics and comparisons, that are going to take some time."

"The fire is still under investigation," he said. "There was some evidence taken and sent to the lab by our investigators and the fire marshal."

Testing for accelerants on materials taken from the scene could reveal whether the fire was intentionally set or accidental.

Investigators and Coroner Russ Beard had said Wilson did not appear to have suffered burns. Flames caused the heaviest damage in the rear of the house, and Wilson was found near the front door.

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