Marion County officials investigate fire and bones in camper

Marion County officials investigate fire and bones in camper

April 20th, 2012 by Ben Benton in News

A burned-out camper in Marion County where a body was found.

Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Times Free Press.

Authorities in Marion County, Tenn., are awaiting DNA results from a body found Wednesday in a burned-out camper.

County Sheriff Ronnie "Bo" Burnett said the fire, which took place off Poe Road between Jasper and Haletown, apparently happened Saturday or Sunday, and the camper burned down to its frame. The remains found inside were only bones, he said.

Dispatchers said the nearest address to the scene is 175 Poe Road, but the camper was in the woods beyond the last home on the road.

"It was a very isolated area," the sheriff said. "Nobody saw the fire, but we could see where it burned the trees and the grass."

Burnett said that neighbors, who might be related to the victim, found the destroyed camper more than a mile from state Highway 27 about 2:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday. The person they believe could be the victim had not been seen since Saturday, he said.

"We're pretty certain we know who it is, but we can't release the name until we get test results back," Burnett said.

State bomb and arson and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents, who were at the scene to seek a cause and to determine whether there was any foul play, finished their part of the investigation around 8 p.m. CDT Wednesday, he said.

While officials don't suspect foul play, "we are doing a thorough investigation just in case something comes up later on," he said.