Victim in Southaven fire identified

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — A woman who died in a house fire near Olive Branch has been identified as Margaret Sowles, the wife of PGA Senior Tour golfer Will Sowles.

DeSoto County Coroner Jeff Pounders tells The Commercial Appeal that Margaret Sowles died Friday at Baptist-Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. He says a preliminary autopsy shows she died from smoke inhalation and anoxic brain injury, where oxygen was cut off from her brain while inside the burning home.

Sheriff’s department spokesman Dick Hackett says Sowles was alone inside the locked home when the fire broke out. He says it appears the fire was deliberately set.

Hackett says Will Sowles was not home at the time of the fire.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commericalappeal.com

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