Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ashley Turton, Wife of White House Adviser, Found Dead in D.C.

Ashley Turton, director of congressional affairs for Progress Energy, was found dead in a burning car Monday morning in Washington, Politico reports. Turton's husband is White House deputy director of House legislative affairs, Dan Turton.

Ashley Turton was found inside her BMW X5. The BMW was in the couple’s garage at 800 A Street SE. At 5 am, fire officials found Turton dead in the vehicle, roughly 7/8 inside the garage. The car was found positioned at an angle. Investigators are unsure if the car fire erupted when Turton was exiting or entering the garage.

DC homicide’s spokesperson said Monday that there was no initial “obvious malfeasance” evidence at the scene.

The victim was a lobbyist for Raleigh, N.C.-based Progress Energy, which said on Monday it would be merging with Duke Energy. Her husband Dan is the White House’s deputy director of legislative affairs for the House of Representatives.

Ashley Turton was also a former Capitol Hill aide to former Representative Dick Gephardt of Missouri as well as the chief of staff to Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Politico reported.

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