BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — It appears that two men found burned beyond recognition inside a Morgan County home last week died before the fire.

Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer said in a press release a bullet has been recovered from one of the bodies.

he said the cause of death is not yet available.

The victims are believed to be Carroll Brooks, 73, and his 33-year-old son, Carl Brooks, however positive identification is pending the completion of forensic examination.

Carroll Brooks’ wife, Patricia Brooks, 53, was found dead in a car near the fire with what appeared to be self inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Bohrer said she had apparently sent correspondence to the Social Security Administration dated Nov. 21 advising the agency not to send checks to her husband and son because they were deceased.

The sheriff’s department also recovered two envelopes that Brooks had mailed to herself by opening a new Berkeley Springs post office box on Nov. 21.

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