Authorities have identified the final victim of a Dec. 19 blaze in DeKalb County, Alabama, near the Georgia state line that killed three children and two adults.
On Monday, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office in Fort Payne confirmed that 27-year-old Flat Rock resident Cody Alexander Dove was among the bodies pulled from the burned mobile home off of Alabama Highway 75.
The other victims were 26-year-old Kayla Jackson and three of her children — 4-year-old Kaylon Stotts, 3-year-old Jaycee Stotts and 18-month-old Harley Stotts.
Authorities said Dove was Jackson's boyfriend.
Firefighters from Cartersville, Henagar and the Tri-Community Fire Department fought the fire and during the process discovered the bodies inside, according to sheriff's office spokesman Tyler Pruett.
"The remains were transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for an autopsy that began" Friday, reads a statement from Pruett.
DeKalb County authorities, the Alabama Fire Marshal's Office and the Jackson State University Center for Applied Forensic Sciences are probing the fire, Pruett said.
DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden called for prayers for the family.
"It's especially tragic when the loss involves young children," Welden said in a statement.
"I'd also like to ask for patience when it comes to this investigation," he said. "When such a great loss of life occurs, we must be thorough in handling the aftermath. We owe it to this family to provide answers, especially when children are lost. We'll update with more information as the investigation progresses."
Pruett said detectives are awaiting a determination from the fire marshal as the investigation continues.
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