Autopsies to be performed on fire victims

Two bodies were found at this Thompsonville fire. Investigators think one of the victims, Douglas Brian Nichols, 51, may have suffered a gunshot wound to the head. (John Counts/News Advocate)

The Manistee County Medical Examiner’s Office is scheduled to perform autopsies on the two victims of Friday’s Thompsonville mobile home fire today.

One of the two found dead in a Thompsonville fire may have suffered a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office.

Douglas Brian Nichols, 51, was the resident of the mobile home situated on a wooded stretch of Vondra Road in the northernmost part of Manistee County.

Investigators have found evidence to suggest Nichols was shot in the head.

The body of Joan Marie Miller, 56, was also found in the wreckage of the fire. According to a release from the sheriff’s office, Miller was also of the Thompsonville address.

Authorities were dispatched to the fire on Vondra Road just off of M-115 near Thompsonville around 1 p.m Friday.

“The Maple Grove Township Fire Department and the Thompsonville Fire Department responded to the reported blaze and found the structure fully engulfed in flames,” a release from the sheriff’s office said. “As the fire was suppressed, two people were found dead inside the home.”

The mobile home was a total loss.

The Michigan State Police Fire Marshall’s Division is working with local law enforcement and fire officials to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

Anyone with any information about the couple living at 16803 Vondra Road should contact the sheriff’s office at (231) 723-8393 or central dispatch at (231) 723-6241.

 

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