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Davidson body found in fire identified

By Neil Haggerty and Cameron Steele
nhaggerty@charlotteobserver.com

Authorities have identified the body found in a Davidson house fire Tuesday as 84-year-old homeowner Gay Nell Menscer.

Officials had issued a silver alert for Menscer, who was missing after her home at 2001 Grey Avenue caught fire Wednesday. Menscer was the sole resident of the house.

Police found Menscer’s body under a debris pile on the front.

Mecklenburg County Assistant Fire Marshal Mike Petleski said officials believe an electrical failure of a multi-plug adapter on the front porch caused the fire. The death investigation is still underway.

Officials issued the silver alert after the body was found.

Menscer auffered from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, authorities said. The alert said Menscer is a white female, 5-foot-3, 120 pounds, with short white hair and blue eyes.

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