State police develop “person of interest” in fatal Griswold fire

GRISWOLD, Conn. (WTNH) —  Detectives with Connecticut State Police have developed a “person of interest” for a deadly fire in Griswold.

According to state police, detectives from the Eastern District Major Crime developed a “person of interest” in the fatal fire that happened Wednesday.

Related: 2 bodies discovered in Griswold fire; officials search for connections to Glastonbury car blaze

State police say the identity of the person of interest is being withheld as they are following all leads and evidence as they continue their investigation.

Authorities say at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, emergency crews responded to 70 Kenwood Estates in Griswold for a fully-involved house fire. They say at the time one person was found dead inside and at least one person was still not accounted for.

Original Story: State Police: Glastonbury car fire connected to fatal Griswold house fire

Later that night, police say detectives located the remains of a second person in the Griswold home. Neighbors fear the owners of the home may be the victims and their son may have some involvement.

“That’s what I’ve been hearing,” said neighbor Jessica Bower. “You know I would hope not. I would never do anything like that to my family. I can’t imagine it. So if it is him then shame on him.”

“What I can tell you is that two bodies have been recovered from the property,” said Sgt. Eric Haglund, a spokesperson with the CT State Police.

Those bodies were not positively identified by Thursday afternoon. Investigators say the Griswold fire is related to an abandoned car fire also Wednesday morning in Glastonbury.

“If it turns out that he caused this I would just want him to come forward,” said neighbor and friend Duani Shugart. “I have just known him for so long. It’s like, he’s so nice.”

“It’s very sad. It’s heartbreaking,” said Bower. “I”m just speechless. I can’t believe it.”

Authorities say the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting examinations of the two victims to determine the cause and manner of the death. The examinations being conducted are to confirm positive identities.

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