Fatal house fire investigation reveals signs of drugs

Image shows the fatal fire in Tippecanoe County on Saturday, March 8, 2014. (WLFI Photo)
Image shows the fatal fire in Tippecanoe County on Saturday, March 8, 2014. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind (WLFI) – More details are uncovered concerning the Tippecanoe County fire that killed twin boys. Investigators said they include signs of illegal drug use.

Court documents show that during the fire investigation on Brandy Kay Court Saturday a detective spotted several types of ammunition in the house, as well as a .22-caliber handgun in a kitchen cabinet. In an upstairs bedroom, the investigators saw marijuana, empty baggies and scales.

Additionally, one downstairs window was covered with black plastic, that authorities said is commonly used in marijuana grow operations. In front of the garage, a soot-covered vehicle had hand prints on the trunk as if someone placed something inside the trunk after the fire.

A judge signed off on the search warrants Saturday to include the house and two vehicles.

According to the documents, the father of the two boys killed, Brandon Abbott, has a criminal record that includes domestic violence and marijuana offenses. He also has felony convictions for burglary and marijuana possession.

Investigators added, due to Abbott’s criminal record he cannot legally own firearms.

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