Burned body found in rural Cass County

May 25, 2012 

Deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters from West Peculiar Fire Department responded to a reported fire in the 23600 block of S. Scotsdale Terrace south of Peculiar around 9:45 p.m. May 17.

Firefighters on the scene discovered the body of victim burned in a burn pile in the yard. Investigators have identified the victim as Steven R. Carpenter, 56, of Peculiar.

Cass County Detectives and Jackson County Medical Examiners have not determined the nature of the death and are still awaiting lab results.

“There appears to be no indication of foul play at this time, however we will wait for all the lab results to be returned before making a final determination,” Cass County Sheriff Dwight Diehl said.

Investigators with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the Missouri State Fire Marshall Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The victim’s body was released to the Jackson County Medical Examiner Office for further investigation.

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