PONTIAC, MI – On Tuesday April 20th, 2021 Oakland County Sheriffs Deputies responded to a wooded field northwest of the Auburn Avenue and Opdyke Road intersection on the report of a deceased subject whose body had been burned.
Upon arrival, Deputies were met by the City of Auburn Hills Police Officers and the complainant who led them to the skeletal remains located at a campsite in the woods.
The subject appeared to be homeless and living in a wooded area northwest of the intersection.
The complainant who found the body stated the subject usually works for him once a day at the Shell station located just north of the intersection in the City of Auburn Hills. After the subject didn’t show up for the past few days, he went to a heavily wooded area near the gas station where the subject was living at. Once finding his living area, he discovered the deceased subject was severely burned.
Detectives, an OCSO Fire Investigator, the OCSO Forensic Science Laboratory and an Investigator from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene and began their respective investigations. The Medical Examiner took custody of the deceased and an autopsy has been scheduled. The autopsy revealed no signs of trauma. It appears he may have fallen asleep in a makeshift tent and then become overcome by smoke from a warming fire. The tent then caught fire.
The identification of the burned body is still pending but OCSO does have a tentative identity. The investigation continues.