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Burnt human body and dog found after explosion in home, man accused of murder

burnt human body and dog found in house fire man arrested for murder
Source: St. Martinville Police Department, Mega

Jan. 20 2022, Published 12:21 p.m. ET

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An explosion in Louisiana led police to a structure where they found burnt human remains and a dog. Now, a suspect has been arrested in the case, authorities said.

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Around 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 17, officers responded to reports of an explosion in St. Martinsville, Louisiana, the St. Martinville Police Department said.

When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a small structure was on fire.

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First responders worked to put out the fire and once it was extinguished, police said they found the remains of a burnt human body and dog in the debris.

Police said foul play was suspected and it was being investigated as a homicide.

Officials determined Randal J. Romero was the suspect and was placed under arrest and booked into the St. Martin Parish jail.

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He was charged with second-degree murder, unlawful disposal of human remains, aggravated cruelty to animals and obstruction of justice, according to authorities. Police didn't say if he knew the victim or a possible motive for the killing.

Police said the identity of the victim is not being released.

burnt human body and dog found in house fire man arrested for murder
Source: St. Martinville Police Department, Mega
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