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Double homicide: Victims in Sandy house fire were shot, police say

Published: Monday, Dec. 17 2012 1:45 p.m. MST

Sandy firefighters and Unified police investigate a house fire Friday, Dec., 14, 2012, at 2811 E. Ksel Drive with two deceased individuals inside. Police say the victims were shot and the case is considered a double homicide.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SANDY — Investigators say two people found dead in a burned bedroom Friday were shot and detectives are now treating the case as a double homicide.

The bodies of a man and a woman were found inside a bedroom at 2811 E. Ksel Drive (9420 South) about 8:30 a.m. Friday. The names of the badly burned victims have not yet been released. Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said detectives were waiting for additional tests to confirm the identities.

Police, however, confirmed that the two people who lived at the house have not been accounted for as of Monday. Neighbors identified the homeowner as Ralph Salazar.

The two bodies were found on a bed in the master bedroom. An autopsy concluded each victim died as a result of being shot. Arson investigators believe the the subsequent house fire was started in the bedroom, Hoyal said.

The fire was knocked down by firefighters about 10 minutes after it was reported. The majority of blaze was contained to the bedroom where it started.

There were no signs of forced entry into the home, Hoyal said.

Police were still investigating possible suspects and motives Monday. Anyone with information about the case or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area that morning is asked to call police at 801-743-5915.

Pat Reavy. Twitter: DNewsCrimeTeam

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