UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 12:49am
Officials are investigating a dead body found inside a house fire in the 700 block of Root Avenue early Sunday.
Officers responded to a report of suspicious persons after midnight at a house on Root Ave. Witnesses told officers that two men, about 6’0” tall and 160 pounds, wearing dark clothing, were seen acting suspicious and were possibly burglarizing the house.
When police arrived, they found flames coming from the house and an open door. The Killeen Fire Department arrived and extinguished the fire. Firefighters entered the house to find a dead man inside the front door.
Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the man dead at 3:50 a.m. and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The identity of the victim and the cause of death have not been determined at this time.
Through the investigation it has been determined that a 1996 green Chevrolet extended cab pickup with TX license plate AX87765 is missing from the residence and believed to be stolen by the same two men. The truck also had a silver tool box on the bed by the cab.
This case continues to be investigated jointly with both the police and fire departments and information will be released as it becomes available.
The Killeen Police and Fire Departments are asking anyone with information about this incident on Root to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 526-TIPS (8477) or by going online at www.killeencrimestoppers.com or by texting KILLEEN along with your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). If your information leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash. All information is confidential and you will remain anonymous when you contact Crime Stoppers.