FLORA, Ind. — More than seven months after a house fire killed four sisters and critically injured their mother, residents in a small central Indiana town are wondering if the blaze that was ruled arson by investigators ever will be solved.
Investigators had found accelerants after the Nov. 21 fire in the Flora home, according to The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/2udOxBS).
Investigators haven’t released any more details about the accelerants or possible suspects. Officials said the case remains under investigation, but they’re no longer speaking about it publicly.
Flora has about 2,000 residents and barely is larger than a square mile.
“It seems like it’s a cold case already,” neighbor Chasity Fox said.
Killed were 11-year-old Keyana Davis, 9-year-old Keyara Phillips, 7-year-old Kerriele McDonald and 5-year-old Kionnie Welch.
The girls often played together outside the house and were friendly and polite, according to neighbors.
“They played with my dog,” Fox said. “They were the first ones that got her to fetch. She never fetched before.”
Residents in the area also are continuing to deal with the February slayings of two girls in a nearby community.
Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, vanished Feb. 13 while hiking near their hometown of Delphi, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis. Their bodies were found the next day.
A bench engraved with the names and ages of all six girls has been constructed in Flora.
Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com