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Posted on: January 2, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Police continue investigation into suspicious death


Police continue to investigate the death of 58-year-old Howard Leon Gillette after a fire at his home early on New Year’s Day.

The Fire Department was called at 12:46 a.m. Tuesday for a fire at 250 Graves Avenue. At 1:02 a.m., police were called when the 58-year-old homeowner, Gillette, was found deceased in the home.

Gillette died of apparent gunshot wounds, and officials found the possible presence of an accelerant, related to the fire.

There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information about this incident should call police at 269-781-0911 or Silent Observer at 269-964-3888.

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