Report: Fire chief’s body burned, mutilated after death
May 21, 2004
The Associated Press
HORSE SHOE, N.C. (AP) – A Henderson County fire chief whose body parts were found strewn across the Blue Ridge Parkway in March died of blunt force injuries to the head, according to an autopsy report.
In addition, Don Gash’s body was burned and mutilated after his death, according to the 12-page report that was completed last week.
Gash, 48, was the Etowah-Horse Shoe fire chief. His wife,Gail Christine Hutchinson Gash, 50, has been charged with first-degree murder in his killing.
Gash was last seen by friends and family members March 24. Authorities found his corpse in pieces several days later.
Court documents list the couple’s 31-year-old son, Donn Edward Gash, as another suspect in the murder.
According to the report, Gash and his wife had slaughtered cows and other animals on their farm. Authorities seized several tools used for slaughtering cattle when they searched the residence, Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Erik Summey said.
“There’s a possibility that some of those items were what was used” to dismember Gash, Summey said.