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Three dead, investigation continues in Morgan County

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Investigators are continuing to look at the connection between three bodies discovered near the scene of a house fire in Morgan County Saturday.

Morgan County Sheriff KC Bohrer told WEPM News, a MetroNews affiliate, two men were found dead inside the home on New Hope Road after the fire was extinguished around 5:30 a.m.

The body of Patricia Brooks, 53, a resident of the home, was found in a nearby car with a gunshot wound.

“It appears to be self-inflicted,” Bohrer said. “We want to wait for forensics and the medical examiner, but it looks like a contact wound to the chest.”

Bohrer said they are speculating the deceased males were Brooks’ husband and son, but it is too soon to confirm that.

“Carol Brooks, who is 73 years old, lived at that residence with Patty Brooks, his wife who was 53, and their mutual son Carl Brooks, who’s 33.”

Bohrer said they are looking at how the pieces fit together, and have not ruled out a domestic dispute or the possibility of a murder-suicide.

“We have interviewed some family members who said there were some issues between the husband and wife.”

The bodies are being taken to the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsies and identification.

On Monday, Bohrer said he hoped to know more later this week.

The fire was ruled an arson.

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