The cause of death of two women who were found during a house fire was determined to be gunshot wounds.
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.