An autopsy was conducted today by Southwest Missouri Forensics in Springfield on a body found inside a burning garage in Howell County last weekend.
Forensic pathologists determined that the body was that of a man, and that he was probably dead before the fire was started.

Howell County sheriff, Robbie Crites says, "the mans death is suspicious and that foul play has not been ruled in, nor positively determined to be the cause of death."

Toxicology results should be back in about a month. A sophisticated test ,called a carbonoxy-hemoglobin, will be able to determine if the man was dead before the fire started.

Investigators have come up with a possible identity for the man, however, confirmation is pending. Sheriff Crites also stated, "generally identification can be confirmed by scars, tattoos, and dental records and if those fail, DNA testing. We are working on these and hopefully will have something by next week."

The investigation is being conducted by the Howell County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigations division; the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office; and the Missouri State Highway Patrol - Division of Drug and Crime Control. Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 417-256-2544.
# # #
Press Release:
An autopsy was conducted today on the body found at a fire scene on County Road 6420, west of West Plains on Saturday, November 14. The results of the autopsy have not been completed and toxicology results are not expected back for several weeks.
Sheriff Robbie Crites stated that foul play has not been ruled out, nor positively determined to be the cause of death, "This is a ongoing investigation and we're still looking at several possibilities. We do ask for anyone with information about the fire to call the Sheriff's Office.
"A possible identity has been discovered, however, confirmation is pending further test results. Sheriff Crites also stated, "I can confirm the body is that of a male, but we are still awaiting a positive ID. Generally identification can be confirmed by scars, tattoos, dental records and if those fail, DNA testing. We are working on these and hopefully will have something by next week."
The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the Howell County Sheriff's Office - Criminal Investigations Division, the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol - Division of Drug and Crime Control. Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 417-256-2544.
Further information will be released as warranted.
###

0 comments:

Followers