Police Investigate Double Homicide

By Cody Combs , Kevin Flanigan

Published 10/10 2013 05:22AM

Updated 10/10 2013 06:08PM

JOHNSTOWN  -  The two bodies found in a Johnstown home are now considered a double homicide.

 The investigation began around 9:30 Wednesday evening   when friends went to a home in the Minersville neighbor hood of Johnstown.  They discovered two bodies inside the home on Benshoff Street.

Late Thursday afternoon the Chief Deputy Coroner for Cambria County said that this case has been ruled a double homicide.  Deputy Coroner Jeff Lees has identified the two people shot to death as 33-year-old Kevin Burt and 35-year-old Alicia Welborn.
The two bodies in were discovered in the occupied half of a duplex at 145 Benshoff Street in the Minersville section of Johnstown late Wednesday.   The bodies were found by people who went to check on the couple after not hearing from them during the day.
Autopsies done in Johnstown on Thursday revealed that both died as a result of shots to the head. For some people who live in the neighborhood, news of this double murder was a cause for concern.

"What's going on with this world?   I mean what really is going on?  We have bad neighborhoods.  It's not like it used to be."  

The Johnstown Police are in charge of the investigation into the double homicide.  State Police did bring a crime scene processing team to the home where the bodies were discovered and are assisting the investigation. So far there has been no additional information on the crime released by the Johnstown Police.


JOHNSTOWN - A man and woman were found dead inside a home Wednesday evening on 145 Benshoff Street.

According to Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski, friends of both people became curious after not being able to reach them.

"They came to check on the individuals, they hadn't seen them for a day or so," Kwiatkowski said. "They went in the residence and found people inside the residence."

Kwiatkowski said he believes this to be an isolated incident and that there is no threat to the community or general public.

"I don't think the people around here have anything to worry about as far as a gunman running around the neighborhood or anything like that," he said.

More information is expected to be released Thursday as the investigation continues.

Kwiatkowski believes autopsies will take place Thursday as well.

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