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