UPDATE: Marion County Sheriff David McKnight said 73-year-old Paul Dome was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gun shot wound outside his home.
McKnight said the two bodies found inside the burned home belonged to 85-year-old Vivian Dome and her son, 61-year-old Willard Eddie Landry. That identification will not be made final until autopsies are completed.
Investigators remained on the scene Monday evening of what they're calling a double homicide-suicide.
The Marion County Sheriff's Department and Texas Rangers spent the day mapping out the suspected crime scene and interviewing friends and neighbors in the 10300 block of Farm Road 729. A trash collector making his rounds around 2 a.m. Monday noticed a home on fire and called 911. Fire fighters found two bodies inside the home and a third body outside in a car.
Sheriff David McKnight said it was not immediately apparent how the two inside the home--an elderly woman and her son--had died. McKnight said the man in the car appeared to be dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound, and that the scene as a whole appeared to be a double homicide-suicide.
News of three people dead spread quickly in the small community.
"I went out there and the car was gone," Sheila Throckmorton said. "And I was like 'oh good, they weren't home [when their house burned down].'"
Throckmorton works next door to the home that burned down. She said she knew all three of the people who died Monday.
"Every single day [the husband] would stop in, once or twice a day, and he would say 'Do you need anything from the store? Do you need anything?' You know, like he would run an errand for us or whatever and he would stop in and say 'if you need anything, you just call.'"
Throckmorton said the last few months were tough on the family as the elderly woman cared for her terminally ill son and her husband watched helplessly.
"I have to believe he struggled with the decision," Throckmorton said. "I don't think it was a spur of the moment thing. I don't think it was a violence thing. I have to believe that it wasn't."
"This is one of those kinds of things you wish didn't happen," McKnight said. "We're still interviewing witnesses. We know they were seen Thursday or Friday of last week."
Now this small community has to go on knowing that they lost three friends in one night.
"Yeah," Throckmorton said. "They'll be missed."
The names of the three who died were withheld Monday pending family notification.
Investigators would not comment on whether arson was to blame for the loss of the home.