Burned bodies in Cooke Co. murders were suspect's young children, sheriff confirms

COOKE COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - Cooke County Sheriff Terry Gilbert confirmed Tuesday morning that the two bodies found in an abandoned car on a rural road Sunday were the young children of suspect Mandeep Singh, who was found dead near the crime scene Monday.

Mandeep Singh

Gilbert says the two victims have been positively identified as the 37-year-old's children. Son Ajit Singh Birring was four years old. Daughter Mehar Kaur Birring was three years old.

Their father's body was found Monday afternoon about a mile from the original crime scene in the 10000 block of CR 417. The Cooke County Sheriff's Office says Singh died from a gunshot wound to the head in a suspected suicide.

Gilbert says his office is now investigating the case as a murder-suicide, although no motive has been established.

Cooke County Sheriff Terry Gilbert says they received a call Sunday regarding a vehicle on fire in the middle of a roadway in the northwest area of the county.

After extinguishing the flames, the Muenster Volunteer Fire Department found the remains of two people in the back seat of the vehicle. The two victims were sent to the Medical Examiner for identification.

The fire appeared to have been set intentionally.

The Cooke County Sheriff's Office, Cooke County Fire Marshal, CID Investigators and the Texas Rangers are investing the incident.