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UPDATE: Investigators seek victim’s sister in house fire death

Houston County investigators are seeking to locate Carmen Kaneisha Collins, 17, the older sister of India J. Collins, 12, whose body was found Tuesday evening after a house fire on Addington Drive in Kathleen, officials said.

Capt. Robert Clark said based on the circumstances of the fire, Carmen Collins was the only person known to be in the vicinity of the house at that time, and officials want to question her.

Clark said an autopsy on India Collins’ body is scheduled for Thursday morning to determine a cause of death. He declined to speculate as to what happened until the autopsy is performed. When firefighters discovered India Collins after the fire was contained, they took her to Perry Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The GBI is assisting with the investigation.

When asked if the fire could have been set to cover up the homicide, Clark said, “That’s a logical speculation,” but added that it’s not one he personally was making.

Carmen Collins is a black female, 5-foot-4 and about 130 pounds. She has a tattoo on her left hand that reads “Neisha” in green/blue vines. She was driving a white 2011 Acura TL-Tech with a Georgia license plate BKZ4472.

She had been arrested on June 29 by the sheriff’s office on charges related to burglary and traffic violations, and was later released on a $2,000 bond.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the Houston County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 542-2080 or (478) 542-2085.

Telegraph writer Jennifer Burk contributed to this report. To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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