Woman's body found in Iowa house fire, man living with her accused of murder

womans body found in iowa house fire man now charged with her murder
Source: Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office, Unsplash

Dec. 20 2021, Published 4:56 p.m. ET

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A woman’s remains were found in an Iowa house fire in September, and now police say the man living with the victim has been charged with her murder.

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Around 5 a.m. on Sept. 7, a fire department responded to a report of a house fire at a residence on Tennessee Avenue in Mason City, Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

When the fire was put out, officials said a body was found in the home.

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According to authorities, the body was identified as 24-year-old Tonette Nadine Wolfe.


After an investigation, officials said they determined both Wolfe and 28-year-old Dominick Daniel Degner lived at the Tennessee Avenue residence.

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On Dec. 17, three months after the house fire, the Mason City Police Department arrested Degner and charged him with first-degree murder in the death of Wolfe, authorities said.

Investigators have not said why Degner allegedly set the fire.

He was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail, and remains in custody, police said.


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