Union County investigators said Wednesday that they are fast eliminating possibilities in the cause of the fire that killed a former Union County prosecutor and could have answers in the next two days.
Both the cause of Monday’s fire and the cause of Anne Taylor Reeve’s death remained a mystery Wednesday morning, said Tony Underwood, a spokesman for the Union County Sheriff’s Department.
For now, he said, the fire remains unclassified. “It’s still too premature to consider it a crime. It’s a fatal fire with a death investigation,” he said.
Reeves’ body was found Monday afternoon in a vehicle in the basement garage of the family’s home in the 3300 block of Ironwood Drive. Authorities found flammable liquids in the garage that could have been responsible for popping sounds neighbors heard, officials said.
Sheriff’s detectives, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, SBI agents and the county fire marshal’s office are working on the investigation.
Reeves spent four years working for District Attorney Trey Robison before leaving the office last summer, and also had worked for him as an intern in the 1990s.
Robison, who considered Reeves a personal friend, called her an excellent attorney who was well-liked in local legal circles and cared deeply about her two elementary school-age boys.
Reeves and her husband, David, were married in 2003, and had lived at the house since 2013, records show.
Anne Reeves was the only person at home at the time of the fire, which was called in at 12:49 p.m. Monday, Underwood said.
David Reeves was the last person to see Anne Reeves alive, and he was at work at the time the fire was reported, Underwood said. He said David Reeves has been helpful in answering all questions authorities have asked.
Staff writer Adam Bell contributed