Independence police have released the names of two people found dead in a burning house on Dec. 23 and are asking for tips from the public about the incident.
The fire destroyed a dilapidated and condemned house at 9208 E. Pitcher Road. Inside the house were the bodies of 27-year-old Alexandria L. Wickman and 43-year-old Shawn J. Hansen. Both, police said, are believed to have been homeless and squatting in the house.
The fire started about 6:30 p.m., officials said, and was under control within 30 minutes. The house was supposed to be vacant, police said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.