The 44-year-old woman severely burned at her Clearwater home Wednesday night has died. Officials now say her burns appear to be self-inflicted.
Rhonda Wolfe died around midnight at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, according to Clearwater police. She was in critical condition when she was rushed to the hospital late Wednesday.
Wolfe's husband called 911 to report his wife was engulfed in flames in the garage of their home. She had third-degree burns over her entire body. Police and fire crews responded to the home in the 2800 block of Lemonwood Street just before 11 p.m.
A preliminary investigation conducted by Clearwater Police homicide detectives indicates that the burns Wolfe sustained were self-inflicted.
Two gas cans, along with a lighter, were found in the garage next to the victim. She also left a suicide note, police say.
The autopsy conducted by the Pasco-Pinellas Medical Examiner's Office did not result in a final cause of death. That will be released once final toxicology tests are completed.
According to neighbors in the eastern Clearwater neighborhood, Wolfe and her husband kept to themselves.
"Very quiet people," said neighbor Timothy Rowe. "The only time you see them is when they're working on the lawn or walking the dogs."