Apparent Murder Suicide Follows Alledged Arson

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The Columbus Division of Police and the Division of Fire are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that occurred early Monday morning on the city’s far north side.

The fire department was called to a house fire early Monday morning on Scarsdale Boulevard. Battalion Fire Chief David Whiting says firefighters found a dead woman’s body with a gunshot wound.

“At 2:41′s when we got the original call,” Whiting says. “But it wasn’t until about 4 o’clock that we discovered a female body approximately 32 years old in the residence.”

Meanwhile police are investigating the possible suicide of a man whose body was found at O’Shaughnessy Dam. Whiting says the two deaths appear to be related.

“I think it’s a homicide case she was, the autopsy will tell it all,” Whiting says. The man who was shot at the dam was involved in the fire. I think he had a relationship with the female we found at the fire scene.”

Another fire occurred this morning in Upper Arlington which Chief Whiting says may be related to the other incidents. But, he says, investigators still have yet to piece together the details.