Troopers: Death of woman, 74, found dead in Ephratah home after May fire, ruled homicide

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EPHRATAH The death of a woman who was found dead in her home after a fire there in May has been ruled a homicide, state police said Tuesday.

Sara E. Stinnett, 74, was found dead inside her residence at 517 Route 67 in Ephratah May 13 after a fire, state police said.

Investigators initially termed her death as suspicious, then announced Tuesday it had officially ruled a homicide.

The investigation began just before 4 p.m. May 13 as troopers and Ephratah Volunteer Fire Department firefighters responded to a fire at the residence.

Stinnett, the owner of the home, was then found dead inside the residence, state police said.

The investigation remained ongoing Tuesday and troopers also asked anyone with information to contact investigators at 1-800-GIVE-TIP (1-800-448-3847).

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