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Police identify second victim in murder-suicide

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identity of the second individual killed in a mobile home fire early Monday morning.

Robert “Amanda” Blanchard, 41, was found dead in the mobile home she lived in with her partner, Keith M. Barber, 50, according to a news release. The home at 2311 W 16th Ave. burned down shortly after midnight Monday. A cause of death has not been released for either victim.

Police are investigating the fire as a murder-suicide.

Blanchard was a transgender man living as a woman, police said. Investigators do not believe her identity was a factor in the murder-suicide.

Medical examiners have been unable to locate Blanchard’s relatives. Anyone with information about her next of kin is asked to call the medical examiner at 509-477-2296.



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