House Fire Death in Festus

FESTUS, Mo. (KMOX) – The Major Case Squad rules the death of a Festus woman in her burned-out home, Saturday, was not a homicide.

Investigators say 53-year-old Phyllis Temme was home alone at the time of the fire.

They say a woman had called 911 reporting an assault and said her house was on fire.

Temme’s body was found in a bedroom.    

Police have not said what evidence helped them determine Temme’s death did not involve foul play.

Copyright KMOX Radio 

our earlier story:

FESTUS, Mo. (KMOX) – An autopsy is planned today for a Jefferson County woman found dead in her burning home Saturday. 

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department called in the Major Case Squad… after the woman… 53-year-old Phyllis Temme called a dispatcher saying she had been assaulted and her house was on fire.

Deputies arrived at the home around 4am Saturday to find the home near Festus engulfed in flames.

The Major Case Squad is investigating the case as a homicide.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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