Autopsy report reveals ID of man killed in Crockett house fire

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A DNA report obtained by the Crockett Police Department has revealed the identity of a man who died as a result of a house fire on South Fourth Street that occurred on Nov. 25, 2013.

The results of those tests identified the body as Joe Nathan Johnson, 55, of Crockett. According to the preliminary autopsy report from the Forensic Medical Management Services of Texas in Tyler, Johnson died of smoke inhalation. The report also indicated that there were no signs of visible trauma to Johnson's body.

The house fire occurred at a vacant house in the 600 block of South Fourth Street on Nov. 25, 2013. At the time of the fire, the house had no electricity running to it.

Johnson's body was found in a back part of the home after Crockett firefighters extinguished the blaze. The Crockett Police Department and a representative from the state fire marshal's office started an investigation into the death, and an autopsy was ordered.

Authorities were unable to get an ID match based on dental records.

According to a previous East Texas story, authorities believed that Johnson could have been homeless and had possibly started a fire in the home to keep warm.

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