Associated Press

PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) – Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the deaths of a rural eastern Missouri couple following a fire at their home.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo. reports that formal charges have not been filed against the four suspects. They range in age from 18 to 24 and all are from Iron County. Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive.

The fire broke out before dawn Monday in a rural area near Park Hills in St. Francois County, killing 50-year-old Stanley Halter and his 46-year-old wife, Tammy. Both of the victims’ bodies were found inside their home. Their children had spent the night with a relative.

St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock declined to give any further details about the arrests.

Authorities determined hours after the fire that the deaths were intentional. That ruling came after an autopsy determined the cause of death. Authorities have not disclosed the autopsy results, citing the ongoing investigation.

A firefighter at the scene told a Daily Journal reporter that the blaze was raging by the time firefighters arrived, just minutes after a 911 call. The firefighter said the blaze was so intense that it could be felt inside the fire truck as they pulled up to the scene.

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