UPDATED: Police identify woman discovered in burned-down Vancouver convenience store, rule death a homicide

This story was updated to reflect breaking news at 10:30 a.m., Tue., Jan. 17

VANCOUVER — The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman found inside the burned-out remains of a Vancouver convenience store as 47-year-old Amy Marie Hooser of Vancouver.

Police say Hooser, an employee at the convenience store, died of smoke inhalation and blunt force trauma. They have ruled her death a homicide.

Fire crews from the Vancouver Fire Department (VFD) responded to the three-alarm commercial fire around 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning and reported seeing “a large volume of fire coming from the structure.” A total of 36 fire personnel from VFD and Clark County Fire District 3 fought the fire for more than an hour, but the building at 13412 N.E. Fourth Plain Road — the site of the Oasis Food Mart convenience store — was a total loss.

When investigators with the Clark County Fire Marshall’s Office and the Clark County Major Crimes Unit came to investigate the cause of the fire later that day, they discovered Hooser’s body in the rubble of the burned-out convenience store.

Police are asking anyone with information about the fire or possible homicide to contact the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Team.

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Kelly Moyer has been reporting for community newspapers since the mid-1990s, including the Newport News-Times on the Oregon Coast; the Lewistown Sentinel, a daily newspaper in central Pennsylvania; the Gresham Outlook, Wilsonville Spokesman, Sherwood Gazette and South County Spotlight newspapers in the Portland metro area; and The Reflector newspaper in Battle Ground, Wash. She also is the former managing editor of Midwifery Today, an international magazine for birth professionals. Kelly, a University of Oregon alumnus and Pennsylvania native, lives with her family in Northeast Portland.

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