Independence Police are asking the public for information about a house fire from Dec. 23, 2017 that left two people dead.

The home at 9208 E. Pitcher Road had been vacant and already was dilapidated when a fire that started about 6:30 p.m., destroyed the inside, police said. First responders found two deceased persons inside – later identified as Alexandria Wickman, a 27-year-old white female, and Shawn Hansen, a 43-year-old white male.

Police say Wickman and Hansen were believed to be squatters in the home when the fire occurred. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the case should call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477, IPD tips at 816-325-7777 or email