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John and Janet Taylor — both in their 50s — were found dead in their burning home early on Tuesday morning, August 3, 1999. At about 2:30 a.m., firefighters found the couple’s bodies in a bedroom. Both had been stabbed to death.
Police said it appeared the fire may have been set to cover up the crime.
A neighbor, Brian Porter, broke through a side window and used a garden hose to help put out the flames.
The fire caused extensive damage to the bedroom and another room of the house.
John Taylor, 54, was a custodian with the Iowa Department of Transportation in Ames, while Janet, 52, was retired from the accounts payable department at a former NationsBank office.
John Budd Taylor was born March 24, 1945 in Des Moines to Myrtle Rose Todd and George Thomas Taylor.
Janet Faye (McKeehan) Taylor was born August 19, 1946 in Des Moines to Robert Lee and Cleta Mae (Stewart) McKeehan.
The couple had three children: Lori Lynn, Rose Ann and George Thomas (Tommy).
The Taylors were buried at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Des Moines.
If you have any information about this unsolved double homicide, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at (515) 283-4864.
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