Officials: Victim Found Dead In Weddington Home Was Former Assistant District Attorney

[UPDATE]

Officials confirm the victim found dead inside a burnt out home in Weddington is former Union County assistant district attorney Anne Reeves.  Investigators say her body was discovered in a truck located in the basement of the home. burned vehicle union county


UNION COUNTY, NC — Deputies have confirmed one body was found in the home that caught on fire near Weddington Monday.

Firefighters worked carefully to remove walls with heavy machinery to get to the victim’s body. The burnt out home was too dangerous to step foot inside.

“It’s horrific,” said Nichole Swope. “I mean, they have two little boys. Horrific, terrible.”

Neighbors described hearing explosions the moment the home went up in flames Monday afternoon.

They called Swope who lived next door to check on her.

“[They said] what sounded like gunshots, we heard what sounded like explosions,” said Swope.

Tax records show the owner of the home is former Union County Assistant District Attorney Anne Reeves.

“We have spoken to some family members,” said Union County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Tony Underwood.

Deputies won’t release the victim’s name until medical examiners confirm the identity.

“We want to make sure we’ve spoken and accounted for everyone,” said Underwood.

State Bureau of Investigations agents and Federal Tobacco and Firearm agents were on scene Monday evening. Deputies say it’s too early to classify the fire as suspicious or accidental.

“There’s a lot of evidence that has been destroyed by fire, but you still have things you can work with for frensic value,” said Underwood.