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Body found inside Davidson house after fire

Authorities have recovered a body from a Davidson house that caught fire Tuesday but are releasing few details about the death investigation and the cause of the fire.

The fire began at a home at 2001Grey Road just before 5:30 p.m., causing fire departments from Davidson, Huntersville and Cornelius to respond.

After firefighters brought the flames under control, emergency crews began a search for the missing homeowner, identified as an elderly woman who had lived there for about 20 years.

On Wedneday, authorities found a body in the house but as of 2 p.m. had not identified the person.

Davidson police said the body was found under a pile of debris on the porch, Observer news partner WCNC-TV reported.

“A body has been discovered,” Davidson police public information officer Cristina Shaul said during a press conference. “We cannot say anything else at this stage of the investigation.”

Neighbors told WCNC-TV they thought the body was the woman who had lived in the house. They identified the woman as 84-year-old Gay Menscer.

A public records search also lists Menscer as the homeowner.

Menscer has an active Silver Alert with the North Carolina DPS.

Authorities have not confirmed Menser is the victim whose body was recovered following the fire.

WCNC-TV contributed Steele: 704-358-5067 on Twitter: @steelecs
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