Tuesday, December 17, 2013

UPDATE: Suicide Linked to Meridian Arson

Posted By on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM

UPDATE: 1 p.m. Dec. 17, 2013

The Ada County coroner has determined that suicide was linked to a Meridian arson on Dec. 12.

The coroner ruled that 64-year-old Kenton Brandel died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Evidence shows Brandel shot himself with a shotgun around 11:20 p.m. on Dec. 12, right around the same time that witnesses first noticed his home was on fire.

Evidence indicates that Brandel started the fire in the garage area of his home prior to the shooting.

The incident is still under investigation but no criminal charges are expected to be filed in connection with the incident.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK.

UPDATE: 6 p.m. Dec. 13, 2013

The investigation into the discovery of the body of a man found at a burning home on North Black Cat Road continues. A spokeswoman from the Ada County Sheriff's Office says detectives had spent the day gathering evidence to determine exactly what happened at the home.

The Ada County Coroner has indicated that it will "be likely next week until more details are available."

"This is a complex investigation that will take time to piece together," said ACSCO Public Information Officer Andrea Dearden.

Officials say the fire appears to have been intentionally set, however they don't yet know if any crime was committed.

ORIGINAL POST: 10 A.M. Dec. 13, 2013

An overnight fire on the 5800 block of Meridian's North Black Cat Road is now being treated as a crime scene.

Ada County Sheriff's Deputies say the body of an adult male has been found in the garage area of the home which burnt to the ground. Detectives say they're working to figure out what happened to the man, and if the fire was lit on purpose.

The Ada County Coroner has yet to identify the victim and determine the cause of death.

Meridian Fire Crews arrived on the scene of the blaze just before midnight. The home was in a rural area and at the end of long driveway with no fire hydrants nearby. The home was a total loss.

As of late morning, deputies said they didn't suspect anyone else was inside at the time of the blaze, but they continue to search.

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