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Burned body identified in Chatham Township


CHATHAM TWP. — Authorities have identified the person found burned in a car near Garver Road on May 21 as a 48-year-old Bellevue man.

Medina County Coroner Dr. Lisa Deranek confirmed Wednesday that Daniel R. Mack, of the 4000 block of Sandhill Road, Bellevue, is the victim.

Sheriff Chief Deputy Ken Baca said there has not yet been a ruling made on the cause of Mack’s death. Baca said Mack has family in Medina County, which is why he was likely in the area.

“The sheriff’s office feels that no foul play was involved,” he said. “The community is as safe today as it was prior to the car fire out there.”

The May 21 fire came into dispatch at 8:59 a.m. as black smoke coming from the area near an oil access road located off Garver Road in Chatham Township. The area is about 1 mile west of state Route 83.

The Chatham Township Fire Department along with sheriff’s deputies went to the location, where they found a vehicle fully engulfed.

After fire personnel got the fire under control, deputies noticed a human body in the rear passenger seat. At that point, the scene was secured and turned over to the Medina County Sheriff’s detective bureau for further investigation.

Mack’s iPhone and iPad were found in the car.

The 2009 Chevrolet sedan and the body were sent to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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