Long County authorities are probing the deaths of a couple found in their home late last week.
According to the report, a neighbor became concerned when the couple’s children were seen trying to enter the home around 4 pm.
The neighbor told deputies the mother of the children identified, as Sashya Cato, would always contact her if was unable to be at the home when the children came home from school and if she could watch them for her. After several attempts to reach Sashya Cato and noticing the couple’s vehicles in the driveway, she called authorities.
Another concerned neighbor began knocking on the door with the deputies for nearly 30 minutes. The deputies entered the residence through a sliding window.
When the officers began walking around the home, they discovered Sashya Cato’s body along with her husband Fort Stewart Soldier Staff Sgt. Deveraux Cato, 34, deceased.
According to Long County Sheriff’s Office Detective Tom Solosi, the bodies were taken to the GBI Crime Lab. A cause of death is pending and the case remains under investigation. Solosi said an accelerant was discovered on scene as was a small fire. However, he would not elaborate on its importance to the case. Solosi said there is no danger to the public and more details will be released once the autopsy report is completed.
According to Fort Stewart public information officer Kevin Larson, Staff Sgt. Cato was assigned to the 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion at Fort Stewart. He was a multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer.