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Woman's death inside burning Pinellas Park home deemed a suicide

Scene of a house fire at 7600 71st Ave. N, which police say is the scene of a homicide.

Scene of a house fire at 7600 71st Ave. N, which police say is the scene of a homicide.

PINELLAS PARK — The death of a woman found inside a burning Pinellas Park home this morning was determined to be a suicide, not a homicide as detectives initially thought.

The body of the 61-year-old woman, whose name was not released pending notification of next of kin, was found when firefighters responded to a blaze at a single-story home at 7600 71st Ave. N. Police were called to the scene shortly before 7 a.m. because the body had visible injuries, police said.

While the death was first thought to be a homicide, investigators found a gun underneath the body and determined the woman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators also found two suicide notes — one in her van, the other at a neighbor's home. The woman left the note along with her cat in a carrier on the neighbor's doorstep, police said.

Detectives suspect the woman, who was renting the house, set fire to the building before taking her own life.

Woman's death inside burning Pinellas Park home deemed a suicide 07/26/14 [Last modified: Saturday, July 26, 2014 4:44pm]
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