The cause of death of two women who were found during a house fire was determined to be gunshot wounds.
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The El Dorado County Coroner’s Office announced Monday that Carolyn Hague, 62, and Crystal Ann Ward, 58, died not from the fire but from gunshot wounds, a press release stated. However, “the manner in which the gunshot wounds were received is still under investigation.”
This followed a report of a house on fire at 1680 Rose Lane, near Mosquito Road, at 5:46 a.m. March 7.
A caretaker who lived on the property — the 54-acre Ass-Pen donkey ranch — noted that the two people who lived at that address were unaccounted for. During the internal attack, firefighters found the two bodies on a bed in a back bedroom. They were retrieved and taken outside, but were already deceased.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.