Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bizarre Fire Death in Wagener

A fire in Wagener on Saturday appears to be a cover-up for a homicide, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

When fire departments responded to a fire at a mobile home on 226 Buckboard Road in Wagener, they discovered the body of 57-year-old George Griffin, who lived at the home.

"Mr. Griffin was taken to autopsy this morning, where it was learned that Mr. Griffin died prior to the actual fire," Mr. Carlton said in a press release. "Mr. Griffin had several suspicious injuries that were discovered by pathologists in Newberry, SC. Even though the body was seriously burned, Mr. Griffin was positively identified."

The fire happened around 7:30 pm on Saturday. This death is being investigated by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and the Aiken County Coroner's Office.

"Further information will be released when appropriate," Mr. Carlton said.

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