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Sheriff: Victims found in fire killed by firearm

Published on -4/15/2013, 4:19 PM

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FORT SCOTT, Kan. (AP) -- A mother and her 5-year-old daughter whose bodies were found after a house fire last week in rural southeastern Kansas died from gunshot wounds, victims of a double murder-suicide, authorities said Monday.

The woman's husband was found in a vehicle outside the home, dead of a self-inflicted injury.

The Bourbon County Sheriff's office said in a news release that autopsies determined 30-year-old Terry Lynn Prestley and her daughter died from gunshot wounds. Their bodies were discovered Thursday while investigators were processing the wreckage of the previous day's fire at their home near Fort Scott.

The man whose body was found in a vehicle outside the home was 30-year-old Donald "Bryce" Prestley, the girl's biological father, the sheriff's office said. Authorities did not say how he killed himself.

Authorities refused to elaborate on other details of the investigation

An obituary published in the Fort Scott Tribune identified the dead girl as Alivia Prestley, a student at the Christian Learning Center. Terry Prestley was a stay-at-home mother. Donald Prestley served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2008, including one tour of duty in South Korea and three tours in Iraq. The couple was married in 2003 in Miami, Okla.

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