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Grief counseling available at Twin Lakes High School

UPDATE – 5:15 p.m., Feb. 17:  One of the victims of an early morning house fire in the 3,000 block of North Lakeshore Drive was Stephanie Thompson. Thompson worked in law enforcement with the Indiana State Police.

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Students at Twin Lakes High School used red cups to spell out the name Mya with a heart on the fence of the tennis court. Mya Thompson was killed in an early morning house fire today, Feb. 17.

The second victim was Thompson’s daughter, Mya, a student at Twin Lakes High School. Mya Thompson had competed in the Indiana State Swimming and Diving Competition just five days ago. She was an accomplished athlete and beloved student at Twin Lakes High School, according to posts online.

Stephanie is the wife of White County Circuit Judge Jason Thompson.

“The Monticello Police Department would like to express our deepest condolences to the Thompson family. Steph was our sister in law enforcement and we will miss her. Please keep Judge Thompson and Ayanna in your prayers,” the department posted.



An early morning house fire has claimed the lives of two Monticello residents.

Just before 2 a.m., White County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a house fire in the 3,000 block of North Lakeshore Drive. Monticello Police Department and multiple fire departments responded to the scene and located the fully engulfed residence. Once the fire was extinguished, it was determined that there were two victims deceased inside the residence, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police.

The names of the two victims located inside the residence are being withheld pending identification and notification to their next of kin.

Twin Lakes will be offering grief counseling from 9 a.m. to noon today, Feb. 17.

“The high school will be open from 9 a.m. to noon today, Feb. 17,  for anyone who needs help in processing grief. Counselors will be available in the commons, cafeteria, and media center area,” the school released on Facebook.

This is an active investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Fire Marshal’s. At this time, the cause of the fire nor the cause of death have been determined.

The Indiana State Police was assisted on scene by the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, White County Sheriff’s Department, Monticello Police Department, Monticello Fire Department, Idaville Fire Department, Buffalo Fire Department, Monon Fire Department, and Reynolds Fire Department.

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