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MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County's director of operations of the Medical Examiner's Office says the cause of death of two people found in a car that burned was accidental.

In a statement, operations director Barry Irmen identified the victims as 24-year old Brandon Slattery and 21-year old Amy Damon, both of Edgerton. Friends tell 27 News the couple was engaged, with a planned, November wedding.

Irmen says preliminary results of autopsies suggest there was no criminal activity involved in the deaths.

Authorities say firefighters responded to an older model, Pontiac Grand Am fully engulfed in flames at 6 A.M. New Year's Day on McFarland's Holscher Road. They say the bodies were found in the car after the fire was put out.


MCFARLAND (WKOW) -- Friends of two people whose bodies were found in a burning car in McFarland early New Year's Day tell 27 News the victims were engaged to be married.

Friends who have spoken to family members of the two victims identify them to 27 News as 24-year-old Brandon Slattery of Edgerton, and his fiance, 21-year-old Amy Damon.

Friends say the couple was engaged to be married in November.

McFarland Police Chief Craig Sherven tells 27 News emergency responders went to an address near Holscher Road just after 6 a.m. Tuesday morning and found a car fully engulfed in flames. Sherven says the two bodies were discovered inside the car after the fire was put out.

Sherven calls the deaths suspicious, but says there is no indication of foul play at this point.

Sherven says the car, an older model Pontiac Grand Am, is registered to someone other than the victims, and tells 27 News the car's owner has been interviewed. Sherven says the car's owner is an acquaintance of the victims.

Sherven says an investigation is on-going and declines comment on why the victims were in the car in the residential neighborhood where the charred vehicle was discovered.

Both Slattery and Damon previously attended McFarland High School, with Slattery playing on McFarland's varsity football team.

Friends tell 27 News Amy Damon had recently been hired as a nurse and was excited over the prospect of getting married this year.

McFarland Youth Football coach Paul Hundt tells 27 News Slattery was also a youth coach for two years. "He was a good kid, a good role model," Hundt says.

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