UPDATE: Ogle County Police say the cause of deaths has been determined and this is now a homicide case.
Ogle County Sheriff’s Office announces Byron residence fire is suspicious.
10/19/2016 at 0632 Byron Fire Protection District, Byron Police Department and Ogle County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to a report of smoke in a residence at 2020 Silverthorn Lane, Byron, IL. First responders located a 3 yoa male, later identified as Amos Meyer, unconscious in the front yard. Ogle County Coroner’s Office confirmed Margaret Meyer as the second victim on 10/21/16. Investigators have determined the fire started on the night of 10/18/16.
The cause of the fire and their two deaths are being investigated by the Byron Police Department, Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police and Illinois State Fire Marshal. Although the cause of the fire is still unknown, it is suspicious in nature. The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may know something about the fire or saw anything suspicious in the Byron area on the night of 10/18/16, to contact the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office at 815-732-2136. Callers can also contact the Ogle/Lee Crime Stoppers at 888-228-4488. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
Around 6:30 am this morning emergency personnel were dispatched to the 2000 block of Silverthorn ave in reference to a house fire. When emergency personnel arrived on scene they confirmed a fire. A child and a woman were located inside the house near the living room area, and passed away. The cause of the deaths are under investigation. No other information at this time