NEW DETAILS: Fire Crews Find Body In Home Near Hangman Valley Golf Course
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Fire and law enforcement detectives continued their investigation into a suspicious fire in the 1200 block of South Player Drive Wednesday, but determined neither the cause of the blaze nor the cause of death for the deceased man found inside the home.
The victim's identity was confirmed at autopsy Wednesday morning, but the medical examiner determined no conclusive cause of death. William Frazier Hanel, 56, was discovered by firefighters face-down on the floor of the burning home about 7:25 a.m. Tuesday.
Fires were found burning in different locations in the residence leading fire investigators to label the fire suspicious. A spokesman said Wednesday afternoon that it may be weeks before the cause of the fire is confirmed.
Meanwhile, Spokane Valley Police patrol officers Wednesday found a 1983 Jeep Wagoneer believed missing from the decedent's home. Officer Chan Erdman located the vehicle at the Linger Longer Lounge in the 1800 block of North Hutchinson Wednesday morning.
Other patrol officers responded to assist and they located the man driving the Jeep at a nearby motel. He was detained for questioning and the Jeep was impounded.
Detectives were expected to remain at the home on Player Drive for at least the remainder of Wednesday as their search of the interior was delayed by fire debris that had to be removed to rental dumpsters.
Investigation into the matter is ongoing.
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