Man found dead inside burned Woodland home, police suspect foul play


The man who was found dead inside a burned home in Woodland on Tuesday has been identified as 62-year-old Donald William Howard.

On Tuesday, fire crews responded to the report of a house fire in the 2000 block of Dahlia Street around 4:34 a.m.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and later discovered Howard's body inside the house.

Fire crews said there were obvious signs of foul play and the investigation was turned over to the Woodland Police Department.

The Cowlitz County Coroner's Office performed an autopsy on Wednesday and concluded that Howard died from the result of blunt force head injuries, with the manner of death as homicide.

Deputies are asking for information from anyone who may have been in contact with Howard on Sunday or Monday.

No other information about the investigation is available at this time.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Sgt. Brad Thurman at 360-577-3092.

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