Houston & Peach

Two bodies found in vacant Houston County home damaged by fire

WARNER ROBINS — The bodies of two men were discovered in a vacant home that was damaged by a fire Wednesday in north Houston County.

Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton said the bodies were found in the home at 513 Heritage Drive. The home was apparently for sale.

Talton said he does not know if the men perished in the fire or were already dead inside the home when it caught fire.

“It’s still under investigation,” Talton said. “They’re trying to put it together.”

No positive identifications have been made, Talton said, but investigators think one of the victims may have lived at the residence at one time.

Autopsies are expected to be conducted Thursday at the GBI crime lab in Macon, said Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin.

He said one of the bodies was found upstairs in the home, while the other had already been removed from the house when he arrived on scene.

Galpin said he’s not sure what authorities are dealing with and would not hazard a guess. He said he hopes that the autopsies will yield some answers.

Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Ronnie Harlowe said the fire was reported by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the home at about 12:30 p.m.A sheriff’s deputy was posted overnight to watch over the scene of the fire, Harlowe said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.