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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Police now say the two people who were pulled from a burning Jeffersonville home on Saturday died from gunshot wounds.
Authorities say 26-year-old Morgan Julius and 27-year-old Courtney Grimm both resided in the home and were the only residents who lived there. Both were found dead Saturday afternoon shortly after a fire broke out at their home, located in the 3000 block of Starview Court in the Suburban Acres subdivision.
"Both victims were found in the bathroom of the residence by Jeffersonville Firefighters performing search and rescue operations." Clark Co. Coroner Terry Conway said. "The Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office has determined the cause of death for both victims to be from the result of gunshot wounds, and there is an ongoing investigation being held by the Jeffersonville Police."
Todd Hollis with Jeffersonville Police Department said right now authorities are calling this "a criminal investigation".
He wasn't able to release further details at this time about whether this could be a double-murder, or a murder-suicide. Hollis says this is an ongoing investigation.
Neighbor Anita Rickman said she noticed ambulances, fire trucks and police cars around 2:30 p.m. after stepping outside her home to walk her mother to her car.
"One neighbor tried to break in (to help) but he couldn't," Rickman told wdrb.com.
Rickman said she saw one of the victims being brought out of the home - adding that emergency crews remained on the scene for several hours after the fire. Rickman also noticed crews checking the air quality at times.
Friends of the victims remained at the scene Saturday night, searching for answers.
"It's really surprising. It's really early. My mind isn't letting me believe what happened right now," said Dylan Lauzon.