Death of Davis, Joseph H and Allie
and Shad- THEORYTHAT COUPLE SLAIN SCOUTED Ca- sus- would J. morn- Harry of Sny- of the wo; in morn- Allegany County Authorities Think They Were Trapped In Burned Home Allegany county authorities had virtually abandoned the theory to- day that Joseph Davis, 59, and his wife, Allie Davis, 43, the latter a sister of Mrs. Howard Ajikeney, near Clearspring, had be'en murder- led and their bodies burned in their home early yesterday. An investigation into the tragedy at_ the_ little village of Kelfer, Md., along the C. O. canal between Hancock and Cumberland, was by State's Attorney William Huster and Sheriff W. H. Harvey, of Alle- gany county. Howard Ankeney, Jr. ; of Clearspring, was present during the probe. Â· The latest theory is that the house accidentally caught fire, prob- ably due to a spark dropped while Mr. Davis was smoking. The reflection from the blaze, was noticed by workmen at the Paw Paw tannery about 2 o'clock yester- day morning, and upon investiga- tion the house was found burned. Cumberland authorities were noti- fied and when they reached the place they found nothing but ering ruins, piled in the concrete basement of what had been s. sub- stantial two-story house. Employing four men to help the officers searched through the ruins, some of which were still hot. Find Bodies In Basement Removing everything from the basement they found the charred bones of Mr. Davis on the springs of a bed. Digging further they the bones of Mrs. Davis, identified by a wedding ring, on the basement floor, where she had fallen when the house collapsed. It was five o'clpck yesterday evening, before the officers completed their search. It had been rumored that the couple had met with foul play and their bodies burned in their borne to conceal the crime. This was based on a report that old coins^ which Davis collected and had un- der glass in a frame was missing. The officers, however, foimd a five- dollar gold piece and the metal of twelve silver coins, which had ed. They expressed the belief that the couple were asleep and were suffocated before their bodies burn- ed.