SHERMAN, TX - More information is unraveling from the crime scene of a fatal fire Monday near Sherman that investigators are now calling murder and arson.
It's been nearly 48 hours since emergency crews first arrived at a home at 88 Reynolds Lane, the home on fire with three bodies inside. The Grayson County Sheriff's Office now says this is definitely a triple homicide, and there could be another victim as well.
The preliminary autopsy report is in with a cause of death for each victim It shows that 28 year old Cassandra Ballou was pregnant at the time of her death. The report by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas also states that all three victims, Ballou, her 25 year old sister Misty Ballou, and 30 year old Brian Ritchie suffered gunshot wounds.
Ritchie was shot multiple times and had blunt and sharp force injuries. Misty Ballou was also shot several times, and her sister, Cassandra, had only one gunshot wound, but also had stab wounds.
Sergeant Rickey Wheeler with the Sheriff's Office says, depending on whether or not the suspect knew Cassandra was pregnant, this case could become a quadruple homicide.
"When the homicide was committed, that's one thing we'll have to look into. Did the person know she was pregnant? Were they after just one person or were they after all three? It's just different aspects we have to look at," Sgt. Wheeler said Wednesday.
Investigators say there were over 100 pieces of evidence left at the scene. They are following several leads and tips, and the Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help as well.
If you have any information in regards to this crime you are asked to contact the Grayson County Sheriff's Office at 903-813-4200 or submit your tip anonymously through the county's website at this link: http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/tips.htm.