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Autopsy report: body found within the perimeter of Penninger Fire died as a result of it

Photo of the aftermath of the Penninger Fire. (Not where the body was found)

[Update 7/20/19 4:02 p.m] - The Jackson County Sheriff's office has confirmed the identity of the man who was found within the Penninger Fire.

An autopsy report released Friday says 60-year-old Robert Lee Walker died as a result to the fire.

Detectives say Walker was homeless and living along the Bear Creek Greenway.

[Original Story]

Jackson County Sheriff's Office is working on a death investigation, after a body was found in an area that was burned during Tuesday's Penninger Fire.

The investigators have not determined if the death was a result of the fire.

Thursday morning, JCSO and Fire District 3 officials canvased the fire area, by helicopter, to asses fire damage and needs for future law enforcement on fire suppression efforts along the Bear Creek Greenway.

Officials say during the flight, a body was seen within the fire perimeter, next to Bear Creek.

According to deputies, the burned body is that of a man. He was found near a suspected transient camp.

Deputies are working to identify the man. An autopsy report will be done to determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about the fire, are urged to call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333. reference case number 19-14794.

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