Burned bodies found in pickup identified as Michael Palmer, Hannah Dowdie

    7:08 PM, Dec 15, 2009   |    comments
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    Tracks in the mud are all that is left of the scene where firefighters discovered the bodies of Michael Palmer and Hannah Dowdie.

    Palmer's truck was found on fire down a deserted stretch of Wilbern Road in Sweet Home. One body was found in the passenger side of the cab, he other in the truck's bed. Investigators will not say how the pair died.

    John Rehrauer of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department says, "We have received some information from the medical examiner. We're not releasing anything right now. This is a complicated investigation right now we don't want to do anything to deter that investigation, and hopefully the eventual prosecution of the people that are responsible. We're really being kind of tight lipped on information on this."

    "He's a good ol'e country boy. He loved to hunt, loved to fish, loved to have a few drinks or so you know, just relax and hang out," says Ryan Kincaid.

    Kincaid lives right behind the trailer where Michael Palmer did.

    Neighbors say they would hear Palmer leave for work early in the morning, hearing his truck pull away even before sun up.

    Neighbors say they haven't seen Palmer or his daughter for several days. They say there never was any trouble to speak of at his home.

    Kincaid says, "The last time I saw him was up at the gas station down the road, and he was getting some new tires on his truck and real happy about it. A least the last time I seen him he was happy. That's what I'll try to remember, is him being happy. Hopefully he is in a better place."

    Kincaid says Palmer recently became very family oriented and spoke often about his daughter. We have reason to believe Hannah may have been under the care of DHS recently. Investigators and the folks from DHS say they have no comment.

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