One day after two Pasco County women were found dead in a fire, investigators say they were apparently murdered.
The bodies of Jessica Keith and Amber Jordan, both 24 years old, were found after a fire at the home in the Hudson Springs Mobile Home Park. Neighbors told us there was a frantic but futile rescue to try to save them Monday morning.
Now, deputies say the women died as a result of "homicidal violence."
"The case is officially being classified as a homicide and it is believed the fire was set to cover up the crime," spokesperson Melanie Snow stated in a release about the fire.
As of late yesterday, it was unclear what started the fire. Firefighters and forensic crews with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office were in and out of the home all day. They also paid particular attention to vehicle track marks in the front drive.
Investigators say the fire did not cover up evidence. They say it was clear very quickly that it had been a homicide.
No one is in custody, but Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco says they have a good idea of who they're looking for. He says the killers didn't do a very good job in covering up their tracks after they killed the two 24-year-old roommates.
The sheriff says they've pulled plenty of evidence from the scene, and are now searching for a dark-colored car. He said these were targeted killings and that deputies have responded to calls for drug activity there.
Nocco also says they have persons of interest, but that they don't want to say how the women were killed, how the fire was set, or how the two women were involved in the drug trade.
Only the killer or killers would know that.
The two women have faced drug charges in the past.
"We have to bring justice for the family of these two victims," said Sheriff Chris Nocco. "A lot of times you can automatically assume, you know, they were caught up in the game. And a lot of times, when you're a high-probability victim, this is what happens. But on the other side, nobody deserves to die."
Detectives say the women were seen alive around 6 a.m., and that the fire was reported around 7.
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