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EPD: man's death at fire scene was a homicide


Police say the death of a man whose body was found in a burning apartment was a homicide. 

Evansville firefighters found the body of 41-year-old Gerard Elliott Matts in the abandoned building at Read and Michigan streets Sunday morning.

Based on an autopsy, investigators believe Matts was deceased before the fire started.

In an email, the EPD said Matts’ body was “severely burned.”

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office hasn’t yet released the cause of death. 

Investigators are asking anyone with information about Matts' death or the fire to call Evansville Police Detective Karin Montgomery at 812-436-4013.

You can also leave anonymous information on the WeTip line at 800-78-CRIME.