Family members have identified the two people found dead Monday inside a burning car near the Calhoun community as Jermillian “G” Daniels, 41, and his wife, Janice E. Daniels, 46, of Magnolia.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detective Kelly Blair said the official identification of the bodies is still awaiting DNA testing by the State Medical Examiner’s Office.
However, family members and friends have told news media, and posted on social media, that the Daniels were the victims in a case that is being investigated as a double homicide.
Mr. Daniels was a United States Postal Service letter carrier and an Army veteran. Mrs. Daniels was a teacher at the Magnolia School District’s Pre-Kindergarten Center at Walker School. She was Walker’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2016. She was a Southern Arkansas University graduate and held a master’s degree in gifted and talented education.
Reed Funeral Home has posted obituary notices for the couple. Funeral arrangements have not been announced. According to magnoliareporter.com records, the Daniels were married in July 2014.
They were reported to have been heading from their home on County Road 32 to a medical appointment in Texarkana.
Blair said Monday that the deaths were being investigated as homicides. The Daniels’ cause of death has not been determined and no arrest has been made.
The Daniels’ vehicle was found about 12:15 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Columbia County roads 11 and 32, about two miles west of their home on County Road 32.
The vehicle was off the road pointed west at the northwest corner of County Road 11, which runs north-south in the area, and County Road 32, which runs east-west.
There were no apparent skid marks and little damage to the vehicle that might suggest a vehicle accident. The trees at the intersection have recently been cut over, and no large trees were present.
After the fire was extinguished by the Calhoun Volunteer Fire Department, investigators spent almost five hours examining the vehicle, its truck, and the car’s occupants. The two victims were found in the front seat of the car.
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