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Examiner: 2 found in burned DC home were beaten, strangled

January 8, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington, D.C, Office of the Medical Examiner says two people were beaten and strangled before their bodies were found in a burned District home.

Spokeswoman Cheryle E. Adams tells news outlets that 60-year-old Michael Burgess and 50-year-old Regina Bowman died of blunt force trauma to their heads and suffocation due to neck compression.

D.C. police Chief Peter Newsham said Monday that Burgess was a longtime civilian member of the D.C. police department who retired in 2006.

Their bodies were found Saturday morning by authorities responding to a report of a house fire. Authorities now say that house was intentionally set on fire, as was a nearby house that was found ablaze at about the same time.

Newsham says police don’t yet have a suspect in the case.

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