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Bourbon County tragedy ruled double homicide and suicide

Updated April 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM CST:

News release from the Bourbon County Sheriff's Office

On 4/10/13 fire units from Scott Township and Garland Fire departments were dispatched to a structure fire in rural Bourbon County.  On scene a deputy discovered a deceased male in a vehicle to the south of the residence.  Once the fire was extinguished, the bodies of an adult and child were discovered in the residence.   The Sheriff's Office asked for and received assistance from the Kansas Bureau of Investiagations and the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office. 

The bodies were transported to Kansas City for Autopsy.  As a result of the investigation and the autopsy it was determined that the female in the residence as well as the child had died as a result of a firearm and are identified as Terry Lynn Prestley age 30 and her 5 year old daughter.  The male located in the vehicle was found to have died as a result of a self inflicted injury and has been identified as 30 year old Donald "bryce" Prestley.  There are still pending lab reports and the investigation determined this to be a double homicide/suicide.

Investigators are currently in the process of completing the investigation and are still following up leads.  Once the case is completed it will be sent to the County Attorney's Office for review.

The family has requested that the public respect the privacy of the surviving daughter and family members. 

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Updated April 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM CST:  Authorities are releasing more information about deaths and a house fire in Bourbon County, Kansas.  They now confirm that three bodies have been found, but we've learned a young girl living at the home is still alive.

Police have barricaded the area around the home near 240th Road.

Deputies say two bodies have been recovered in the home that was on fire.  One of the bodies is an adult, the other a child.  Those two bodies have been sent to Kansas City, Kansas for an autopsy.

A third body, a man, was found in a vehicle near the home.  That body has also been sent to Kansas City for an autopsy.

Police are not releasing names until positive identification and cause of death has been determined.

A young girl who lived at the home is still alive and goes to the Christian Learning Center in Fort Scott.  A worker there was visibly shaken as we talked with him.

He did not want to be interviewed on camera,but said everyone at the school will support this girl as she grows up.

Police are not releasing other details, other than saying the investigation is still ongoing.

Officials won't comment on a suspected cause of death for any of the three people.

Updated April 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM CST - News release from the Bourbon County Sheriff's Office:

On April 11, 2013 while processing the scene at 688 240th Street Fort Scott (Bourbon County) Kansas; investigators discovered two (2) bodies in the burnt residence.

The bodies, one of an adult and the other of a child were removed and sent for autopsy in Kansas City, Kansas.

A third body of a male was located in a vehicle to the south of the residence and was also transported to Kansas City, Kansas for an autopsy.

The names of the individuals are being held pending positive identification; and autopsy results to determine the cause and manner of the death.

The investigators are still processing the scene and continuing the investigation.

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Posted April 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM CST - News release from the Office of the Sheriff of Bourbon County:

On 04/10/13 at 3:15 p.m., fire units from Fort Scott Rural Fire and Garland Rural Fire were dispatched to 688 240th for a structure fire.  The Bourbon County Sheriff's Office responded as well.  After arriving at the location a Deputy discovered a fatality near the scene.  The fire was extinguished and the area was secured by the Sheriff's Office.  The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office were contacted and a request was made for their assistance.  The incident is under investigation at this time.

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