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UPDATE: Family of women killed in fire offer reward for information

UPDATE: SCUDDY, Ky. (WYMT) - No arrests have been made in the deaths of 64-year-old Sandra Melton and her daughter, 35-year-old Suzy Melton, who police say died in a suspicious fire.

Even though the remains of their burned house in Scuddy have been cleared away, the memories still remain sharp in the family's minds.

"I can be watching TV or just doing little things. They're just always in my mind," said Wanda Messer, a family member.

The aunt of Sandra Melton, Carolyn Ramey, said officials revealed to her how the mother and daughter died.

"On autopsy they discovered both my aunt and my cousin had been shot before the house had been set on fire," Ramey said.

Now the family is offering a $2,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

"Somebody out there knows what happened. And we're just asking for anybody to please come forward and help us with this," said Ramey.

"These people could be around us every day. It's scary to know that somebody could do something like this," Messer said.

One family member said police told her the killer was likely someone that knew the victims.

State Police were unable to talk about the investigation today. The coroner also told us he also did not want to comment at this time.
SCUDDY, Ky. (WYMT) - A house fire early Sunday morning claimed the lives of an eastern Kentucky mother and her daughter.

The fire happened on Scuddy Branch Road near Vicco in Perry County and claimed the lives of Sandra Kay Melton, 64, and Suzy Melton, 35.

James Melton was out of town when his wife and daughter died in the blaze.

"I was in Somerset visiting my daughter and they called down there and told me," Melton said, wiping tears from his eyes. "I just knew it was bad when they told me they couldn't find them."

Firefighters responded to the scene around 6:15 Sunday morning. They believe the fire started on a skillet on the stove.

"We do see a lot of house fires," Kentucky State Police spokesman Tony Watts said. "And we do see a lot of them that are caused by kitchen fires."

Watts said this particular fire was "really traumatic to the community and really traumatic to the family."

James Melton said his wife was a housewife and his daughter was disabled.

The Meltons have lived on Scuddy Branch Road for more than 30 years.

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