Woman stabbed to death
Warrenton house fire ruled a murder-suicide; husband kills wife, shoots himself
By SANDRA SWAIN
The Daily Astorian
WARRENTON – The fire in Warrenton last week in which a couple died has been ruled a murder-suicide.
Autopsy results determined that Karen DeWide, 69, died Wednesday from loss of blood from a knife wound to her throat, according to Clatsop County Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown.
He said she was stabbed by her husband, Joseph DeWilde, 73, who started the house on fire and then committed suicide. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Autopsies were conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Portland. The results were released Friday.
The fire was reported at 4:21 a.m. Wednesday, when a passerby spotted smoke coming from the one-story wood fram house at 242 N.W. First Ave.
Warrenton firefighters discovered the bodies after they put out the blaze.
Warrenton Police Officer Len Mossman was the lead investigator. The Clatsop County Major Crime Team was called in to assist Warrenton police because the small department has limited resources.
Court records show Karen DeWilde filed for divorce last month.