Woman identified in death and fire investigation in Adair County

Published: Apr. 3, 2016 at 6:31 PM CDT
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UPDATED: 4:52 p.m. 4/4/2016 - KSP says the victim found at 496 Watson Street has been identified as Sharon Austin, 41, of Columbia.

Her death and the fire are still under investigation.


Sunday at noon, Kentucky State Police Post 15 received a call about a body that had been found.

According to the press release, the body was found in the ruins of a town house at 496 Watson Road in Columbia.

KSP says that Adair County and Columbia Fire Departments responded to a report of a vehicle fire the day before (Saturday, 4/2/16) at that same address.

Police say it wasn't until noon Sunday that the owner of the town house went back in to the burnt home and located the body.

KSP says the body was sent for an autopsy and identification by the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office.

KSP says investigation is ongoing by detectives from Post 15.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Adair County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia Police Department, Adair County Coroner’s Office and Adair County & Columbia Fire Department.