Police ID man found deceased in burning home

Published 11:22 am Friday, March 10, 2017

Police have identified the man found inside a burning home on Wednesday morning.
Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said the Medical Examiner’s Office notified him they had positively identified the man as 24-year-old Logan Chad Guinn.
“The investigation is still ongoing,” Lunceford said. “At this time we do not have a manner of death or the cause of the fire. This information will be made available when it has been determined.”
On Wednesday morning, firefighters with the Watauga and Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a report of a structure fire at 391 Cripple Creek Loop in Watauga.
As firefighters battled the blaze, they discovered the body of a deceased person inside the home and alerted deputies with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office. Officers contacted the State Fire Marshal’s Office, which also responded to the scene of the fire.
Officers are investigating the cause of death for Guinn, which will be determined by the autopsy by the medical examiner.
“Just because the body was in the fire does not mean the person died because of the fire,” Lunceford told the Elizabethton Star on Thursday. “The body was in the hotspot, but that doesn’t tell us anything except the body was near where the fire started.”
The Carter County Sheriff’s Office is working alongside the State Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate both the death of Guinn and the cause of the fire.

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