UPDATE: Okaloosa County investigators still working to ID man found burned to death in abandoned trailer

Northwest Florida

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — UPDATE (8:30 p.m. 7/9/20): An autopsy has not turned up any evidence of foul play in connection with the discovery of an adult male who was found on fire at an abandoned mobile home yesterday.

There were no signs of trauma to the man’s body other than the burns, and investigators found no
evidence of accelerants at the scene. They did discover cigarettes adjacent to the body.

Toxicology results are pending and work is continuing to identify the individual.

Original story

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies found a person dead at the site of a vacant trailer in a mobile home park Wednesday.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of a porch fire at an abandoned trailer off Racetrack Road near Fort Walton Beach found a person ablaze and already deceased. The call came in around 4 a.m. at the site of a vacant trailer on 441 Pinecrest Lane in the Pinecrest Mobile Home Park. Area residents say homeless people sometimes stayed at the site. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting with the investigation. An initial evaluation of the scene did not turn up any accelerants, according to the Okaloosa County County Sheriff’s Office. The person’s identity is unknown at this time. An autopsy has been scheduled for July 9.

Three OCSO deputies who responded to the scene were treated for smoke inhalation at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, then released. Deputies say additional information will be presented as warranted.

Anyone who may have information on the fatal fire is asked to contact the OCSO at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crimestoppers at 850.863.TIPS, emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, or by texting the P3 Mobile Tips application.

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