DRYDEN — Investigators now believe that a deadly March 21 fire was intentionally set by one of the victims.
Candice Turton, 39, who died in the fire along with her two children and grandmother, is considered the lone suspect in the case “given evidence obtained to this point,” the Dryden Township Police Department in a statement issued yesterday, April 20.
The investigation remains active and is now considered one of “arson, homicide and suicide,” police say. There is currently no evidence that any one else was involved or could be considered a suspect.
Firefighters responded to a residence on Pheasant Lane in the early morning hours of March 21 for a fully-involved structure fire. After extinguishing the flames, firefighters discovered four bodies in the home—Candice Turton, her grandmother, 87 year-old Zola Rogers and Turton’s children, 17 year-old Nathan Young and 15 year-old Kylie Young. Funeral services for the four family members were held on April 13 in Imlay City.
Neighbors in Victoria Meadows mobile home park reported hearing what sounded like a loud explosion, followed by flames.
“Due to the seriousness and complex nature of this case, many details have not been previously put forth. This was not an effort to be non-transparent. This was solely intended so that the department could conduct a thorough investigation and be factual and accurate on information that was obtained and released,” the Dryden Township Police Department said.
“The families of the victims are asking the media and public to respect their privacy as they mourn the loss of loved ones moving forward.”