Deadly Read St fire investigation being handled as a a homicide

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Evansville Police are classifying the deadly June 10th Read St fire investigation as a homicide. Fire crews found 41 year old Gerard Elliott Matts in the building while battling the fire. Matts body was severely burned in the fire.
Based on the autopsy, investigators believe Matts was deceased before the fire started. While investigators believe his death was a homicide, the cause of death is not being released at this time.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about Matts’ death and/or the fire to call Detective Karin Montgomery at 812-436-4013. Information can be given anonymously to WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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