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A Sandy woman was found dead in her ex-husband's apartment, prompting a police investigation that for now has raised more questions than answers.

Police found Stacy Lemon, 25, dead early Saturday morning after Lemon's sister reported her missing about 1 a.m.

In a bizarre twist, just a few hours later officials in Utah County discovered human remains inside Lemon's charred car parked on the side of the road south of Thistle. Utah County officials consider that part of the case a suicide and aren't releasing any further details.

Sandy police say it's possible the charred remains are that of Lemon's ex-husband. The body was burned so severely that the state medical examiner will have to use dental records to make an identification.

So far, police have not found Lemon's ex-husband alive, Sandy police Lt. Kevin Thacker said.

And for now, police also are awaiting the results of an autopsy on Lemon. The medical examiner was expected to perform that today. Right now police aren't even sure what, if any, weapon was used.

"It looks like it was a violent death," Thacker said. "There's evidence to indicate there was a struggle inside the man's apartment."

If the charred remains found in Lemon's car are those of her ex-husband, this would be the second murder-suicide in Sandy in five weeks.

Ebelin Sanchez, 22, was shot to death Aug. 18. Her husband, Luis Alberto Sanchez, then turned the gun on himself.

"We can't officially say this is a murder-suicide yet until we can make a positive identification of the person in the car," Thacker said. "That's going to answer a lot of questions."

Despite their divorce last month, Lemon and her husband lived in separate buildings at the Archstone Apartments, near 9400 South and 800 West.

Sandy police had no prior domestic violence history with the couple, Thacker said. Court records show Lemon's husband, 26, filed for divorce Aug. 7.

The Lemons had two children, ages 2 and 6, who were with other family members at the time of the deaths.


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