65-year-old woman dead after early morning fire in Monroe County

MONROE COUNTY, Ind. – Authorities in Monroe County are investigating the death of a person who was found in a house fire Saturday morning.

Police responded to the 8000 block of Lewis Lane in northern Monroe County on the report of a fire in the “early hours.”

The victim has been identified as 65-year-old Melissa Schmidt. The cause and manner of her death is pending as the county corner awaits toxicology results.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office.  At this time, it is not believed that there was any foul play.