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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Hill aide found in burning car

By Washington Post editors


The wife of a key White House aide was found dead early Monday in a sport-utility vehicle that was heavily damaged by fire in the garage of the couple's Capitol Hill home, sources familiar with the incident said. The cause of her death is uncertain, Crime Scene reports.

Ashley W. Turton, 37, an energy company lobbyist and one-time top aide to former U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), was found dead shortly before 5 a.m. in a burning BMW, the back end of which was partly out of the garage, as if the vehicle had been entering or leaving when the fire started, authorities said

Turton was the wife of Dan Turton">Daniel A. Turton, 43, the White House's deputy director of legislative affairs for the U.S. House. As such, he is President Obama's point man on legislation moving through the House.

Read Crime Scene for more details.

11:49 a.m.
The person found dead in a burning car Monday on Capitol Hill has been identified as a former Capitol Hill staffer, Roll Call reports.

The victim was Ashley Turton, former chief of staff to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Roll Call reports. Turton's husband, Dan Turton, is the White House liaison to the House of Representatives.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Neighbors called police shortly before 5 a.m. to report a garage on fire. Fire officials said once they put out the garage fire they found a body.

A body was found in a burning car in Southeast Washington early Monday, Crime Scene reports.

D.C. police say the car crashed into the garage of a home in the 800 block of A Street SE. Officials were called to the scene about 5 a.m. and found the vehicle ablaze.

They then discovered the body inside.

Check out Crime Scene for more details.

By Washington Post editors  | January 10, 2011; 12:51 PM ET
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