On Monday, November 28, 2022, at approximately 12:21 AM, Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a structure fire at a residence on Crystal Lane in Cabin Point Subdivision.

Upon the arrival of sheriff’s office deputies and volunteer fire personnel, the remains of one individual and three animals were discovered inside the residence. An investigation by the sheriff’s office indicated a homicide had occurred.

The victim was later identified as Taylor A. Wood, 29 of Montross.

The sheriff’s office has obtained charges on Michael J. Gardiner, 35, of Montross and Demitri R. Gardiner, 28, of Leonardtown, MD.

They are currently in custody with Maryland authorities from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and awaiting extradition proceedings. Both have been charged with one count of 2nd Degree Murder, one count of Arson and three counts of Animal Cruelty.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact First Sergeant Brian Vanlandingham by emailing bvanlandingham@westcoso.us or calling (804) 493-8066. All information is confidential and anonymous.

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