MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The death of a woman found Wednesday in a smoke-filled bedroom of a mobile home in Berkeley County is being investigated by West Virginia State Police as a homicide, Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Thursday.
Jeannette K. Dawson, 41, of 345 Blair St. in the Berkeley Village subdivision, was identified as the deceased by state police.
"Her cause of death does not appear to be natural or related to the fire," Games-Neely said.
An autopsy was being completed in Charleston, W.Va., at the chief medical examiner's office, Games-Neely said.
State police responded to the home off Berkeley Station Road, north of Martinsburg, about 5:43 p.m. for a report of a suspicious death, according to a news release from the agency's Martinsburg detachment.
Members of Bedington Volunteer Fire Department responded minutes later and verified the fire was extinguished and helped secure the scene, Chief Scott Schill said. Volunteers with Hedgesville's rescue squad also responded.