Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)By Brett Blume

PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) – Authorities in St. Francois County are now treating the site of a fatal house fire as a crime scene.

Investigators say evidence found during an autopsy indicated that the deaths of 50-year-old Stanley Halter and his 46-year-old wife Tammy should be investigated as homicides.

The two died after a pre-dawn fire Monday at a home in southeast Missouri.

The fire was reported around 4:30 a.m.  at a frame home along a rural road in St. Francois County near Park Hills, about 70 miles southwest of St. Louis.

St. Francois County Coroner James Coplin said Monday that the couple had children who were not at home. They had spent the night with a relative.

Anyone with information about the case should contact the St. Francois County sheriff’s department.

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