UPDATE - Officials believe victim was man from Norwalk
Mar 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM
Law enforcement officials continue to investigate a vehicle fire which took place late Thursday on Jacobs Road where the charred remains of a human body were discovered.
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"We have a pretty good idea who the victim was and law enforcement has spoken with the family," Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said Friday.
"We believe the victim is a local person, from Norwalk," Harwood said, adding the victim is male.
"We're waiting on positive identification through dental records and that could take us into next week," Harwood said.
The body was being sent to Lucas County on Friday for an autopsy to determine the official cause of death and identity.
Safety forces received a call shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday that a vehicle was engulfed in flames on Jacobs Road.
Fourteen firefighters and two vehicles responded, Huron River Joint Fire Chief Tom Beck said.
"It took about nine or 10 minutes to contain the fire," Beck said.
Officials from the state fire marshal's office and Bureau of Criminal Investigation were at the Huron County Sheriff's Office on Friday processing evidence.
"We investigate all deaths as homicides as a practice until we are completely sure it is not," Sheriff Dane Howard said Friday.
"We have significant information leaning toward another cause of death other than homicide," Howard added when asked if the death could have been a suicide.
The sheriff said the vehicle was towed from the scene to the sheriff's office.
There were reports from the scene the vehicle exploded.
"I know there were reports of an explosion, but after talking with firefighters at the scene they thought it was more than likely the tires blowing rather than an explosion," Howard said.
"The detectives worked all through the night, got a few hours sleep, and are back at it with primary and secondary investigations," the sheriff said.
"We feel strongly the victim was a local man and we contacted the family of the person who was reported missing," Howard said. "We're waiting to know the positive I.D. through dental records and the coroner's office will release that when they have completed their investigation."