The deaths of two Placerville women whose bodies were found during a house fire has been ruled a murder-suicide.
Crystal Ward and Carolyn Hague were found with gunshot wounds to the head after an initial call of a structure fire brought emergency personnel to the Ass-Pen donkey ranch at 1680 Rose Lane on March 7. The deaths, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s press release, have been ruled as a murder-suicide.
The EDSO Investigations section determined that Ward shot Hague before setting the house on fire with flammable liquids. She then turned the weapon on herself.