UPDATE: Names released of two dead after vehicle fire in Portage Township

Published: May. 6, 2018 at 5:00 PM EDT
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UPDATE: May 9, 3:37 p.m.

The Houghton County Medical Examiner has determined the identities of the victims of the car fire in Portage Township over the weekend.

Joshua Michael Becia, 19, of Portage Township, and Jay Henry Stevens, 19, of Painsdale, were the two victims.

No other details have been released at this time. The incident remains under investigation by the Houghton County Sheriff's Department.

This is a continuing story. TV6, FOX UP, UpperMichigansSource.com, and the TV6 & FOX UP mobile app will have the latest details as they are made available.



Two people are dead following a vehicle fire Sunday morning in Houghton County.

Houghton County Undersheriff Kevin Coppo says Houghton County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Donken/Tapiola Road in Portage Township at 9:42 a.m. Sunday for reports of a vehicle fire.

Otter Lake Fire Department came to the scene and put out the fire. Once extinguished, fire fighters found two bodies inside the vehicle. The identities are unknown at this time.

"There are autopsies scheduled for the bodies. We need to make a positive identification on them. We have a good idea who we believe they are, but we can't officially say until we know for sure. And then obviously we need to make sure family has first word before it goes to the public," said Houghton County Sheriff Brian McLean.

Houghton County detectives, Houghton County Medical Examiner and Michigan State Police Fire Marshall are continuing the investigation.