Deaths In Placerville Fire Deemed To Be Murder-Suicide

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The morning of March 7, neighbors ran to the home on Rose Lane as it burned to the ground. Two woman perished inside. Both were known and loved by the community.

Now the chilling details about their deaths are being revealed.

The bodies of Carol Hague, 62, and Crystal Ann Ward, 58, were found in the master bedroom of the burned out house in Placerville. Their cause of death was determined to be gunshot wounds.

It was a mystery for over a month on how these women had been shot. The thought of their fate shook neighbors who didn’t know if a violent killer was on the loose. But an investigation has found that was not the case.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has finished its investigation and determined that the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide.

Investigators say that Ward shot Hague in the head and then set the house ablaze, using a number of flammable liquids. Investigators say Ward then turned the gun on herself.

What led to the tragic events may never be known.

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