Two people found inside a burning home in far western Pettis County Monday have been positively identified, and investigators are treating their deaths as homicides.
Autopsies were performed by the Boone County Medical Examiners Office in Columbia during the day on Tuesday. The victims in the crime have been identified as 56-year-old Barbara A. Hudson and her 26-year-old-son, Jeremiah A. Hudson. Both victims were residents of the home in rural Green Ridge.
The Green Ridge Fire Department was called to a structure fire on Morton Road near Route Y shortly after 9:30 a.m. Monday and, later, with the help of units from the La Monte Fire Department, got the blaze under control, it was reported. And just before 1 p.m. Monday, deputies and the Missouri State Fire Marshal were called to the scene to investigate.
Detectives from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office, and Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Drug and Crime Control Unit were processing the crime scene during the day Tuesday, collecting and recording evidence that may be useful in the case.
Sheriff Kevin Bond has activated the West Central Missouri Major Case Squad to assist in the investigation. Thirty investigators from area agencies began receiving lead assignments and will be working the case over the next several days, Sheriff Bond said.
If you have information on the case, call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at (660) 827-TIPS (8477) or the Pettis County Sheriff at (660) 827-0052.