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Two women found dead in Statesboro home
Police call deaths 'suspicious'
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Red police tape is shown on the door of 106 Harden Road in Statesboro after two women were found dead Wednesday morning. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    Two women were found dead Wednesday morning after someone saw smoke and reported a house fire at a Harden Road residence.  After Statesboro firefighters arrived at the scene around 9:45 a.m. and extinguished the flames, they discovered a woman’s body and called police, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York.
    Statesboro Police detectives responded and discovered a second woman’s body, he said.
    Statesboro Police Capt. Scott Brunson, who called the fire “suspicious,”  said the bodies of Naumbyia T. German, 26, and Kiona Lively, 27, who both lived at the residence, were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime lab for testing.
     Neither Brunson nor Statesboro Fire Chief Dennis Merrifield would comment on the cause of the fire, and Brunson said he would not release additional details, including the cause of death, until crime lab reports were returned. He said he expects the results Thursday or Friday.
    A third woman who lived at the residence, whom Brunson said was the mother of one of the victims, was found unharmed at a local motel shortly after the fire was discovered, he said. He said she is not a suspect in the case.
    According to www.facebook.com, German and Lively were married in March 2007 in a civil ceremony in Toronto, Canada. Lively is a former Bi-Lo employee and Georgia Southern University graduate with a criminal justice degree. Also, Brunson said Lively served an internship at the Statesboro Police Department.
    Tearessie Mungin, who lives next door to the Harden Road house where Lively’s and German’s bodies were found, said she did not know either woman and rarely saw them.
    She was unaware of the fire until fire trucks arrived Wednesday morning she said. Lively and German were “quiet neighbors,” she said.
    Sherry Ellis, who worked with Lively at Bi-Lo some time ago, said Lively was “very likable. She and her mother were close, and I feel like that is a very important characteristic.”
    Internet searches revealed little information about German except she is listed on Gordon College’s Web site as an alumnus.
    The case remains under investigation and “further details will be released pending autopsy findings,” York said.
    Merrifield said Statesboro firefighters were just finishing up an investigation into a fire on President Circle Wednesday morning when they got the call about the Harden Road fire.
    The fire on President Circle was caused by electrical problems when an extension cord overheated, he said. The house suffered fire damage to one room and smoke damage throughout the house.
    The fires were two of four house fires the department has responded to in 24 hours, he said.
    Statesboro firefighters responded to an Allen Circle home Tuesday where a cooking fore caused minor damage, and responded to Cattail Way in the On the Pond subdivision off Langston Chapel Road, where lighting caused a fire that resulted in minor wall damage, he said.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.  
    
   
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