Human remains found after house fire have been identified


Homer - The Vermilion County Coroner has positively identified a set of bones discovered inside a home that caught fire in late January.

Jeffery Ward, 60, was inside the home, in the 7000 block of North 200 East Road, when a fire started in the attic. Investigators found two sets of bones inside the home. The first set belonged to a small animal, the second were determined to be human.

The second set of discovered bones, were of the upper torso of a person were discovered deep below the debris in the basement. Police say, they had been searching for Jeffery Ward, the resident of the home.

The call for the fire came in to Homer Fire Protection District as an attic fire Friday night. However, when crews arrived at the scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

During an initial assessment, firefighters found a car parked in the garage, which led them to believe that someone was inside the home at the time of the fire.

Crews worked until Saturday afternoon to extinguish the flames, but by the time they were contained, there was little left of the house, or what was inside.

Ward lived alone in the home. The final autopsy results are still pending.

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