Fatal Fire Victim Identified in Kosciusko County

Kosciusko County Coroner Anthony Ciriello has advised that positive identification has been made on the fatality victim from early Saturday morning at 8678 South Valentine Road, Claypool, in Kosciusko County.

John D. Etchison, 46, was identified yesterday by Forensic Odontologist Dr. Craig Nelson at the Northeast Forensic Center, Fort Wayne, by the use of dental comparisons.  Ciriello also stated that an autopsy has been performed, but the results have not been released pending laboratory results.  Ciriello also stated that the preliminary investigation completed by the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the fire appears to have been accidental in nature.