DC lobbyist, wife of White House adviser found dead

January 10, 2011 10:46:44 AM PST
A Washington lobbyist who was the wife of a White House adviser has been found dead inside a burning car in southeast Washington.

Progress Energy said in a statement Monday that Ashley Turton had died. Property records show she and her husband, Dan Turton, lived at a southeast Washington home where D.C. firefighters found a body in a burning car.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says firefighters were called to a rowhouse and found a car engulfed in flames.

Turton was a lobbyist for Progress Energy Inc. Mike Hughes, a spokesman for the Raleigh, N.C.-based company, says co-workers are devastated to hear of Turton's death. He says Turton was the mother of three young children.

Turton joined the company in 2007 after serving as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

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