Arson was cause of apartment fire linked to 2 deaths

BRUNSWICK, Md. (AP) -- Authorities say arson caused a fire at a western Maryland apartment building that was home to a woman found dead nearby along with her estranged husband.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office announced the finding Tuesday in the fire that heavily damaged the building in Brunswick Monday morning.

The fire was reported shortly before the bodies of 44-year-old Daniel Shortt and his 27-year-old wife Kelly were found in a parked car about three miles away. Both were shot, and a handgun was found in the car.

The car was registered to Daniel Shortt, but police say he wasn't living at the West Virginia address on the registration.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the state medical examiner's office will conduct autopsies of the remains Tuesday.

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