MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - The Mobile County Sheriff's Office said a woman found dead in a burned out trailer was shot before her home was set on fire.
Investigators believe the body is that of 35-year-old Candy Jansen Newburn. A positive identification can not be made until dental records are confirmed.
The fire happened early Tuesday, November 20, in a rural part of Citronelle on Robert Walker Road. Neighbors told FOX10 News they heard gunshots before the mobile home went up in flames.
"I don't know what they're suspecting down there. I mean I saw her going down the road yesterday playing her music. She was a happy go lucky and then all of a sudden wake up this morning and this happens. There's something wrong, something wrong with this picture," said Frank Cling, a neighbor. "That being so close, I mean, we're worried, what's coming next."
In a rural area like this, neighbors say these things just don't happen. They live simple lives that just got more complicated.
"To get woke up to see this. I didn't know what to think. I was woke up to go to look out here and there was a fire. Our neighbors say it was higher than these pine trees out here and she could feel the heat from her back door," said Shannon Ainsworth.
Cling said, "If its foul play or whatever it is, I hope they catch the S.O.B. that done it and put him behind bars for life. I mean he don't need to be walking or she don't need to be walking period."
The Mobile County Sheriff's Office said the investigation is in its early stages.