Trailer fire leads to Crook County death investigation

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body found Sunday inside a burning travel trailer.

According to Crook County Sheriff John Gautney, deputies were dispatched just after 9 a.m. to the trailer at 2432 SE Beech Lane for a welfare check.

While deputies were en route they were notified the trailer was now on fire and later a report of an explosion. Deputies arrived at the address and found a travel trailer that was being used as a residence was consumed by the fire, Gautney said.

Several neighbors were on scene and had moved a vehicle away from the fire and were assisting other family members who had arrived at the address. The family member had not been at the home at the time of the fire.

Gautney said deputies were able to determine there was a person died in the fire. At this time an investigation is continuing to determine the cause of the fire and subsequent explosion.

The identity of the person has not been positively identified at this point, although we do have a tentative identification.

“We look at all possibilities on these type of investigations,” Gautney said. “We treat all investigations like this as suspicious until proven otherwise.”

The Crook County District Attorney has ordered an autopsy to help determine the cause of death and to help with a positive identification of the victim. An autopsy is being scheduled.

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Crook County District Attorney, Crook County Fire and Rescue, Oregon State Police Fire Investigator and the Crook County Deputy Medical Examiner.



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