Coroner: Deadly Monroe Co. fire was murder-suicide

(David Snodgress/Director of Photography for the Herald-Times)
(David Snodgress/Director of Photography for the Herald-Times)

MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – The Monroe County Coroner said the two people who were found dead in a house fire on Thursday were shot to death. The woman’s death was ruled a suicide and the teen’s death was ruled a homicide, according to the coroner.

Firefighters were called around 8:30 a.m. Thursday after neighbors saw smoke coming from a home in the 7300 block of North Red Hill Road near Ellettsville.

Neighbors told 24-Hour News 8 they heard loud pops, what they thought were gunshots, before they saw the smoke billowing from the home.

The bodies of Parker Gilliland-Wampler, 15, and Carla Gilliland, 46, were found in a bedroom in the home. A gun was found nearby.

The coroner said both died from a single gunshot wound. Parker’s death was ruled a homicide and Carla’s death was ruled a suicide, according to the coroner.

Neighbors said that Carla was Parker’s mother. They told 24-Hour News 8 they’re concerned about the family, saying the son was just about to start high school.

“Her son was a star student, awesome basketball player,” said one neighbor. “This will really hurt a lot of people in Ellettsville.”

Police said there are no suspects in this case.

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