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Monday December 23rd, 2019 :: 10:35 a.m. PST


Detectives are conducting a Death/Arson Investigation in Phelan

DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 21, 2019/2:17 a.m.
INCIDENT:    Death/Arson Investigation
LOCATION: 8600 block of Phelan Road, Phelan
VICTIM:          Adult male, pending identification and notification of next of kin
On Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 2:17 a.m., a deputy from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station was on patrol in the area of Phelan Road between Zing Drive and Trinidad Road when he observed an outbuilding/shed on fire in the 8600 block of Phelan Road.  Fire personnel responded to the location and extinguished the fire.  The victim was located just outside the outbuilding and pronounced deceased at the scene.
Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives and Detectives from Bomb and Arson responded to the location to conduct the investigation. Through investigation, investigators determined that the victim was living in the outbuilding without the permission of the homeowner.  The homeowners were not home when the fire occurred.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Updates will be provided as information becomes available.
The investigation is ongoing, and detectives are asking anyone with information related to this incident contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Mike Cleary at (909)387-3589 or Sheriff’s dispatch at (909) 387-8313. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at (800)78-CRIME or
Refer:             Detective Mike Cleary or Sergeant Mike Walker
Station:          Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail
Phone No.     (909) 387-3589
Case No.       071903884    H#2019-138
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department               

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