Lake County house fire death ruled a homicide

Evelyn Ware died in her when it caught fire January 10.

LAKE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- An investigation into a fire that killed an elderly Lake County woman is now a homicide investigation.

Evelyn Ware, 79, died on January 10 after a fire broke out around 6:00 p.m. in her home on Lakola Rd in Ellsworth Township. Michigan State Police and fire crews found her body the next day.

An autopsy was conducted at Blodgett Hospital and the Lake County medical examiner determined the 79-year-old's death was a homicide.

Many in the Lake County community remember Evelyn as the Pine River Schools transportation director for more than 30 years.

She was also a part of the Lake County Sheriff’s office mounted division.

“She was well known, she was like a mom to me, I don’t know anyone who would hurt a woman like that," said Janet Lindmeier, Evelyn's former daughter-in-law. “I hope they find out what happened her and if it’s foul play, the person that did it to her.”

Detectives from Michigan State Police Mt. Pleasant and Hart posts, 6th District Headquarters and MSP Fire Investigation Unit are investigating the fire. They ask that anyone who has information comes forward to give the community some answers.

“The public are some of our greatest assets they are the eyes and ears of the community," said Detective Sergeant, Joe McMillan with the Michigan State Police.

Anyone with trail cameras around 1487 Lakola Rd is asked to contact MSP at (989) 773-5951 to be reviewed for evidence.

Tips can also be submitted through the Cadillac Area Silent Observer at (231) 779-9215, 1-800-528-8234 or

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