Placerville Ranch Fire Ruled Murder-Suicide

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Victims Mourn as Investigators Tackle Placerville Ranch Fire
A Placerville home was destroyed in a fire March 7. Two bodies were found inside.


El Dorado County Sheriff’s investigators are calling the fire in which two women died a murder-suicide.

The home where Crystal Ward and Carolyn Hague lived burned to the ground March 7. Investigators say Ward and Hague were found in the master bedroom area of the home, both with gunshot wounds to the head.

Ward and Hague had been partners for three years and lived together at the Rose Lane home in Placerville, where they raised donkeys and mules.

Neighbors say when Ward invited Carol to live with her, the couple constantly argued – sometimes very loudly.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office says investigators found that Ward allegedly shot Hague, set their home on fire and ultimately turning the gun on herself.

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