House Fire Sparks Double Homicide Investigation

Seale Couple Shot Dead Inside Home

A deadly house fire initially reported as accidental has now caught the attention of homicide investigators.

Emergency Responders were called to the home on Silver Run Drive in East Alabama Sunday night.

Once the fire was extinguished they discovered the bodies of the male and female victims.

What caused the death of the Seale couple wasn’t the result of any accident.

Investigators with multiple state agencies including the Fire Marshal have been combing the scene for hours now in what’s considered a homicide investigatioin.

The couple, identified as William Perry and Deborah Peay were gunned down inside the home that sits at this busy intersection just a block away from Russell county High School before the home was intentionally burned to the ground.

Stunned lifelong friends said Perry, a Chavala graduate had just returned to the area after living in New York for the past two decades.

The homeowner who rented to the couple, a Korean War Veteran who personally built the house also declined to speak on camera but told First News exclusively the pair were ideal tenants who kept a tidy home.  When he arrived on the scene Sunday night approximately 8:30 PM the house was fully engulfed with flames.

The property owner had no idea his tenants were inside at the time.  He also described the victims’ car as a newer model grey Honda and confirmed it was missing from the scene.

Investigators spent all day sifting through the burned remnants and remain tight lipped about the ongoing investigation.

Who could be behind the heinous killings remains very much a mystery for now. More details about a possible motive and suspect is likely forthcoming from local law enforcement.

New details could be revealed as early as Wednesday morning when the Russell County Sheriff is expected to brief the media.

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