Russell Co. Sheriff holding press conference on elderly couple found dead after house fire

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SEALE, Ala. (WRBL) – Rusell County Sheriff Heath Taylor is holding a press conference tomorrow, January 9, 2019, at 10:00 am at the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. We are told the conference will discuss an elderly couple who was found dead after a fire at their home.

Monday, a family member told News 3 that William Perry, a man in his 60s and Deborah Peay, a woman in her 50s, were in the house when it caught fire around 10 o’clock Sunday night.

The family member didn’t want to be on camera, but he spoke with News 3 about how he felt about the sudden loss.

“I’m still stunned to know that he’s gone. We got along well because we talked almost every day. The rest of the family is just hurting, I am, for real because, I’m close to all my brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, but this one was just like a thorn in my side. He was just a fun loving guy, and he didn’t do anything but like to joke with people that was his character.”

The family member says William and Deborah had only lived in the house for about a year. He says William left behind two kids, a son, and a daughter.

The family is also raising questions about the couple’s car which it appears to be missing. However, authorities are not commenting yet.

Stay with News 3 for more updates.

Alabama’s Fire Marshall has been called in to help investigate a deadly fire in Russell County.

Russell County Sheriff’s Office Investigators tell News 3 an elderly couple who lived at home along Silver Run Drive are believed to have perished in the Sunday night blaze.

Seale Volunteer Fire Department and other first responders were called to the home Sunday night around 9:53. The house was fully engulfed. Once the fire was out, the bodies of a man and a woman were located inside.

Both bodies have been sent to Montgomery for an autopsy to confirm identification and cause of death. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

More information will be released either later on today or tomorrow.

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