The deaths of an Aleppo man and two others whose bodies were found in the ruins of a house that burned last week near Littleton, W.Va., are now being investigated as a triple homicide, West Virginia State Police said Tuesday.
Two of the victims, Michael McDougal, 63, and Carmen McDougal, 55, were identified following the Jan. 13 fire which destroyed the couple’s home on Cliff Run Road in rural Wetzel County.
Police identified the third victim Tuesday as Jimmy Kisner, 48, of Aleppo. Family and friends have confirmed Kisner’s identity, police said. However, the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office is awaiting medical records to make a final determination.
Autopsy reports detailing the causes of death of the three occupants of the home may take several weeks to complete, police said.
Kisner was reported to have been a friend of the McDougals and had often gone to the older couple’s house to help them.
State police and firefighters were called to the fire at 9:30 p.m., according to a release issued by state police Sgt. J.E. Shriver, the investigating officer. When police and other first responders arrived on scene, “the residence was fully engulfed in flames,” police said. The house was on a narrow, muddy road in a rural area of the county. The house and several vehicles near it were destroyed. A preliminary investigation revealed the cause of the fire is suspicious. Shriver could not be reached Wednesday for additional information.
State police are requesting anyone with information concerning this case to call the Hundred Detachment of the West Virginia State Police at 304-775-4488.