Officials say the death of a 21-year-old women who was found in a trailer fire was no
accident, and are now calling it murder. Neighbors are shocked and dismayed as they find out what seemed like a fatal house fire, was actually a homicide.
"We saw the flames and knocked on the door and kept hollering 'get out! fire!" said Karl Cochran.
Christine Welsh and Karl Chochran were delivering papers when they came across a trailer, #58 R-Villa South on fire about 5:00 tuesday morning.
"I opened the door to see if anyone was outside, I was yelling, but all I heard was the fire alarm," said Wesh.
Nobody answered but 21-year-old Kelcey Fike was still inside with her dog.
"I keep thinking how I could have pulled her out, but she was already dead, that weighs heavily on my mind," said Cochran.
They were first to arrive, but didn't know what they stumbled upon was a murder scene.
"We didn't see anything suspicious, no lights no cars nothing," said Welsh.
Police are now saying it's murder. And the actual time of death could have been two hours prior to the fire.
"We are now treating this as a homicide, and are asking for anyone's help if they know anything about it," said Chief Dan Lynch of the Kearney Police Department.
Fike, who worked as a cashier at Bobs Superstore lived with a man who was out of State at the time. Police say he's not a suspect, but they have plenty others.
"We're looking at people who are associated with the scene, associated with her house and with her," said Lynch.
Police are not releasing the actual cause of death, just labeling it "homicide" and are not sure if the fire was an act of arson. They are continuing to investigate, and waiting on the official autopsy report. Officials say the last homicide in Kearney was four years ago, the city has seen two in the past ten years.