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New details arise in Van grad's burning death

DALLAS, TX (WFAA) - New details continue to arise in the circumstances surrounding the death of East Texas native, Elizabeth Lightfoot.

The Medical Examiner says it was not murder. In fact, they say Lightfoot died after she crashed her car in a fiery wreck.

The Lightfoot family says they do not believe this conclusion can be true.

Elizabeth Lightfoot, a Van High School graduate, was, by all accounts, full of life--a spirited 22-year-old.

And the pictures prove it.

Marshall Lightfoot, Elizabeth's grandfather says, "She was a very beautiful, happy young lady with her life of her. It's just a ridiculous situation. It is."

Monday, the mystery of what happened to her deepened.

Firefighters found Lightfoot's body in the front seat of her burning car back on November 4.

Dallas Fire and Rescue said gasoline might have been poured on her car.

That led police to think the hairdresser might have been murdered.

But Monday, the Medical Examiner's office concluded Elizabeth's death was accidental, stating that she died of smoke inhalation and burns.

Something Elizabeth's grandfather doesn't believe, "Why would the medical examiner say that?"

Sources say Lightfoot crashed her car and then it caught on fire.

What's more - the medical examiner ruled Elizabeth's blood alcohol was more than four times the legal limit - 0.36.

Still, police are not closing the case. They said, "The Medical Examiner's findings are one component of a comprehensive investigation. Dallas Police Department Homicide Investigators in consultation with Arson Investigators continue to treat Ms. Lightfoot's death as a homicide."

Lightfoot's family welcomes more questions, because they are asking them, too.

Dallas Police have confirmed that Lightfoot died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by the fire.

Lightfoot graduated from Van High School in 2007 before moving to Dallas to operate her own salon.


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