Michigan State Police identify victim of house fire

Published: Jul. 14, 2018 at 10:07 PM EDT
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Update as of 8/9/2018:

Detectives from the Michigan State Police, Negaunee Post have positively identified the victim of the fire as 61 year old Joseph Ray Roop of Eben Junction.

The identification was made using DNA evidence from the scene.

The cause of the fire was undetermined, but no foul play is suspected.


Michigan State Police troopers from the Negaunee Post's Munising Detachment are investigating a fatal house fire at N5113 ET Road in Rock River Township.

Troopers went to the scene around 1:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14th after Rock River Township Fire Department firefighters discovered human remains inside the home.

Investigators say the fire destroyed the house. The Michigan State Police say the cause has not been determined, but foul play is not suspected.

The name of the victim will be released once positive identification is made.

The incident remains under investigation.

Michigan State Police troopers were assisted at the scene by detectives with the Michigan State Police Fire Investigator Unit, Rock River Township Fire Department and Alger County EMS.

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