Police Say Deaths of People Found in Crashed Car, Burning House May Be Linked - NBC4 Washington

Police Say Deaths of People Found in Crashed Car, Burning House May Be Linked

"It's a tragedy out here," said neighbor

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    Man, Woman Found Dead in Close Proximity

    News4's Jackie Bensen has the latest on a bizarre death investigation in Potomac, where a woman was found dead inside a burning garage and a man was found dead in a car Tuesday afternoon. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014)

    The deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a crashed car and a burning house may be linked, police say.

    Authorities are continuing to unravel the complicated crime scenes minutes away from each other Tuesday afternoon in Potomac, Maryland.

    The body of a man in his 40s was found in the wreckage of a Mercedes sedan that crashed into a tree at the intersection of River Road and Piney Meetinghouse Road. There was a pistol on the seat next to him, sources told News4. 

    A short time later, around 2:30 p.m., a fire was reported at a house on Great Elm Drive, a couple of miles away from the crash scene. At that scene, investigators found the body of a woman after putting out a small fire in the garage.

    Police Investigating Two Deaths in Montgomery County

    [DC] Police Investigating Two Deaths in Montgomery County
    Bews4's Jackie Bensen has the latest from Potomac, Maryland, as police investigate whether two deaths are related.
    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014)

    Police suspect the deaths are related and say they don't believe the fire was random.

    "Investigators told me they do not believe the death at the home is random. There may have been some association between the [female] victim and the suspect," Capt. Paul Starks with Montgomery County Police said. 

    Earlier Tuesday, officers had responded to the home for a vandalism report after someone let out the air of a tire in the driveway.

    Two Bodies Found at Related Scenes in Maryland

    [DC] Two Bodies Found at Related Scenes in Maryland
    Police are investigating the discovery of two bodies at two scenes in Maryland. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.
    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014)

    "It's a tragedy out here," said neighbor David Andrukitis. "We've never had anything like this."

    Investigators suspect a connection between the deaths because of the timing and location, but the investigation is continuing. 

    Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for more on this developing story.
     

      

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