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Jamie Lusch
An outbuilding burns off of Biddle Road inside the Central Point Fire on Tuesday.

Autopsy confirms man died in Peninger fire

A man whose body was found in the wake of the Peninger fire in Central Point died from the flames, the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office has determined.

Investigators identified the body as that of Robert Lee Walker, 60, through a fingerprint comparison. Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson concluded that Walker died as a result of thermal injuries sustained during the fire on Tuesday, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives say Walker was homeless and living along the Bear Creek Greenway. His family has been notified of his death.

Walker's body was spotted Thursday morning by sheriff and Fire District 3 officials who were surveying the burned area by helicopter. JCSO detectives, Fire District 3 personnel, and a medical examiner investigator responded to the scene.

Detectives continue their investigation into the fire, which was determined to be human caused. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the JCSO tip line at 541-774-8333. Refer to case No. 18-14794.

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