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Police: Couple didn't try to exit car

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staff, Gazette
January 9, 2013

— The deaths of an Edgerton couple in a car inferno in McFarland last week still remain largely a mystery, officials said.

The McFarland Police Department and the state Fire Marshall's Office continue to investigate the car fire that killed Brandon Slattery, 24, and Amy N. Damon, 21, both of Edgerton, early Jan 1.

In an interview this week with the Wisconsin State Journal, McFarland Police Chief Greg Sherven said investigators believe Slattery and Damon did not attempt to get out of the burning Pontiac Grand Am they'd been borrowing from a friend to get home from a New Year's Eve gathering.

Sherven told the State Journal the couple might have been unconscious or asleep during the blaze, which happened as the car was parked near Holscher Road and Prairie Wood Drive in McFarland, according to reports.

He said the fire appeared to have started in the front of the vehicle near the engine.

The investigation is pending a toxicology report from a medical examiner, Sherven told the State Journal, but he said police have no reason to believe that "overconsumption" of alcohol was a factor in the deaths.

Authorities ruled out foul play early in the investigation, calling the deaths "accidental," according to reports.

He told the State Journal the couple had been at a "low-key gathering" a few blocks from where the car caught on fire. The couple had left the party at 5 a.m. It's not clear why they pulled over, Sherven said.

Funeral services for the couple were Monday.



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