Detectives are now saying that the couple found dead in a home along Divan Court last week were killed before the house caught fire, according to a release from Modesto Police Friday.
The fire now looks like an attempt to cover up the double murder, detectives say.
Detectives believe that there is more than one suspect in the murder. They are continuing to look into leads in the case.
Two of the family’s dogs also died in the fire. Detectives found that the dogs died from smoke inhalation.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.