Progress Energy Lobbyist Ashley Turton Found Dead In Burning Car

By Triangle Business Journal

Ashley Turton, a lobbyist for Progress Energy and wife of a White House staffer, was found dead Monday in a burning car in a garage behind her Capitol Hill home.

Progress Energy confirmed Turtonâ¿¿s death in a statement.

Numerous media outlets, including Dow Jones Newswires, reported the details of where her body was found.

Turton, 37 and a mother of three, was married to White House Congressional liaison Daniel Turton. She had worked with Progress Energy for more than three years.

⿿Ashley was a valued employee whose insight and hard work had been critical on so many of our legislative and regulatory issues,⿝ said Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson in a news release. ⿿She was also a dear friend to many of us and this news is very hard to take. I know we all will keep her husband, children and parents in our thoughts and prayers.⿝

News of Turtonâ¿¿s death emerged only hours after the announcement that Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN) has agreed to be sold to Duke Energy in a $26 billion deal.

⿿Today is an eventful day for us as employees of Progress Energy,⿝ Johnson said. ⿿Ashley⿿s tragic death reminds us all to keep perspective in all things.⿝

Copyright 2011 American City Business Journals

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