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Wife of White House Adviser Found Dead In Burning Car

White HouseProgress Energy IncorporatedRosa DeLauroKTLAU.S. House of RepresentativesBill Johnson

WASHINGTON -- A lobbyist who was the wife of a White House adviser was found dead inside a burning car in the garage of her home in Southeast Washington Monday.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says firefighters were called to a rowhouse around 5 a.m. and found a car engulfed in flames.

A body, identified as 37-year-old Ashley Turton, was found inside the car.

Authorities believe the car crashed into the garage, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Turton was the mother of of 3-year old twins and a 1-year-old.

Property records show she and her husband, Dan Turton, lived at the home were firefighters put out the blaze.

Dan Turton is a White House staff member working as a liaison to the House of Representatives.

Progress Energy, where Ashley Turton worked as a regulatory affairs analyst, released this statement from CEO Bill Johnson:

Ashley was a valued employee whose insight and hard work had been critical on so many of our legislative and regulatory issues. She was also a dear friend to many of us and this news is very hard to take. I know we all will keep her husband, children and parents in our thoughts and prayers. Today is an eventful day for us as employees of Progress Energy. Ashley's tragic death reminds us all to keep perspective in all things.

Ashley Turton joined the company in 2007 after serving as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

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