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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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