Deputies ID man found dead in barn fire

5:50 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
M-66 in Montcalm County - photo from Ken Ritz
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STANTON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Deputies are releasing the identity of a man found dead in a Montcalm County barn that was destroyed by fire.

The fire happened around 2:30 a.m. on October 15 at a property on M-66 south of Sheridan.  Later that morning, firefighters responding to the barn fire found the skeletal remains of a man in the debris of the barn.

Previous Coverage: Body found in Montcalm County barn fire

It was suspected at the time that the remains could be that of a local homeless man who had a history of staying in vacant buildings in the Bushnell Township area.  A member of the homeless man's family had lived in the residence next to the barn years before.

On Thursday, deputies using DNA results were able to identify the remains as those of Sidney Joseph Perry, 30.  They say that's the homeless man they suspected of dying in the fire.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.

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