May 23, 2019

Officials find body at Holden fire site

HOLDEN — A body was discovered Sunday in the remnants of a fire at what appeared to be an old hunting camp just off Route 1A.

Officials from Holden and the State Fire Marshal’s Office were at the scene Sunday evening, but would say little about what they had found.

Holden Public Safety Director James Ellis confirmed that a body had been found amid the rubble. He said that investigators were still trying to determine the identity and sex of the victim and the circumstances surrounding the fire, including when it occurred.

Ellis said that the fire was already extinguished when it was discovered.

“Somebody happened upon it [about 5 p.m. Sunday] and called us,” said Ellis, who worked as a state fire investigator before he was hired as Holden’s public safety chief.

He said early Sunday evening that the fire scene, in a wooded area 200 to 250 yards from Route 1A, had been secured and that an investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office had been called in to investigate.

An all-terrain vehicle from the nearby Eddington Fire Department was brought to Holden to help investigators reach the scene, which is near Harold’s Transmission Repairs Inc.

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