House fire

Photo by Carroll County Sheriff’s Office

This home at 2700 S. Indiana 29, in Bringhurst, caught fire Monday morning.

BRINGHURST — Police believe a Wisconsin man shot and killed two Carroll County people, set their home on fire, then killed himself in a neighboring county earlier this week.

According to Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby, Daniel H. Doe, 58, of Rice Lake, Wis., was found Sept. 21 dead inside a car in rural Miami County due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound— the same day two Carroll County residents were found dead inside a burning home at 2700 S. Indiana 29, just north of Burlington in the southeastern part of the county.

The two victims inside the home have been identified as Anna Downham, 35, and John D. MaCurdy, 73, both of Bringhurst.

Downham was identified on Wednesday, while MaCurdy was positively identified on Friday using dental records and DNA testing. Both died of gunshot wounds, according to Carroll County Coroner Kristin Enoch.

Leazenby said local investigators, working with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, were able to use “technological and other information” to link Doe with being at the MaCurdy property early Sept. 21 and believe Doe shot and killed MaCurdy and Downham before turning the gun on himself.

Investigators are still working to determine a motive and put together “the final pieces of the puzzle” to provide closure to the case.

“As was indicated earlier in the week, we do not feel there is an ongoing threat to our community based on the latest information garnered in the investigation,” Leazenby said. “This was a tragic event in our community and ask for thoughts and prayers for the families involved during this time.”

According to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, E911 received a report at about 9 a.m. Sept. 21 of a house fire in Bringhurst. Passersby reported seeing smoke coming from the home, with some people stopping to lend a hand. They found what they initially believed was an unconscious woman, Downham, in the home prior to the arrival of fire units.

Once firefighters took control of the fire, they discovered the burned body of an adult male, MaCurdy, in the remnants of the house, as well as the burned remains of a dog. MaCurdy and Downham were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Leazenby, Carroll County investigators had developed a suspect vehicle and later learned that Miami County sheriff’s deputies located a similar vehicle in a remote area of their county. Miami County investigators began following leads into an apparent suicide tied to the same vehicle.

Investigators involved with the Carroll County case met with Miami County detectives and began reviewing information on both cases. As the information sharing progressed, Leazenby said investigators were able to link Doe in Miami County with the deaths of MaCurdy and Downham.

“I commend not only our investigators but also the first responders and numerous investigators who came alongside us to gain finality to the case,” Leazenby said.