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

January 10, 2011 Updated: January 10, 2011

[xtypo_dropcap]A[/xtypo_dropcap]shley Turton, an energy lobbyist and wife to a White House official, was found dead in her burning car in Washington, D.C. on Monday, the Washington Post reported.

Turton, 37, was found dead in her BMW SUV in the early morning of Jan. 10, with the vehicle aflame in the Turtons’ garage, fire and police officials told the Post.

Fire department spokesperson Pete Piringer told Politico.com that fire and police units responded to a report of a burning vehicle at the couple’s home at 800 A Street NE at 5 a.m.

“It had heavy smoke and fire conditions in a garage—an attached garage of a 2 and 1/2 story rowhouse,” Piringer told the political news site. “Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the bulk of the fire during the firefighting operation, but they did find an adult occupant of the vehicle [in the garage] deceased.”

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.

Local police and fire departments are investigating the death, but investigators have found “no evidence of any obvious malfeasance in her death at this time,” Captain Michael Farish of the D.C. homicide unit told the Post.