Dental records have been used to confirm that a body found inside a mobile home destroyed by fire is that of 29-year-old Marlene Emerson, the Stevens County coroner’s office said.
An autopsy was performed Monday but a cause of death was not released.
Emerson’s daughter, 12-year-old Cassandra Emerson, hasn’t been seen since before the blaze early Friday morning.
The Stevens County Sheriff’s Department says it is still investigating the fire and considers it “suspicious.”
Law enforcement officials have said Cassie Emerson is not a suspect in the fire, and is now considered a kidnap victim. The FBI and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are joining in the search.
Elaine Williams, the grandmother of the missing girl, told KREM-TV of Spokane over the weekend, “I just want Cassie back. I can’t even imagine life without her.”
Marlene Emerson had received threats, Williams said, although she did not provide specifics.
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