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Body found in home destroyed by fire is identified

Updated March 9, 2012:  Authorities have identified a body found in the debris from a burned mobile home in Jasper County as Bryan K. White, 50, of Oronogo, Missouri.

The sheriff's office and county coroner ruled the cause of death as a suicide by self-inflicted gunshot and have now closed the case.

Reported February 8, 2012:  Authorities discover a body among the debris from a burned mobile home in Jasper County, Missouri.

Deputies were called out Wednesday night to a mobile home fire on Highway 43 just south of the Barton County line.

Emergency workers say the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

They later found the body while removing debris.

"It's winter time, we have fires all the time (but) especially in the winter time," says Sheriff Archie Dunn.  "Nothing unusual about the fire, no, or the location.  We just investigate everything until we're convinced that we think we know what happened when there's no witnesses around."

Investigators say the body has been burned beyond recognition and has been sent to Springfield for an autopsy.  Police expect preliminary autopsy results sometime on Thursday.

News release issued February 8, 2012 by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office:

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at 11:02 p.m., the Jasper County Sheriff's Dispatch received information of a fire at a residence on State Highway 43, just South of Barton County Boulevard.

A Jasper County Deputy arrived at 20503 State Hwy. 43 and observed a mobile home fully engulfed in fire.

Members of the Asbury and Jasper Fire Departments arrived on scene and extinguished the fire.  Once the firefighters were able to pull away metal and debris, they could see the remains of a body amongst the debris.

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the State Fire Marshall and Coroner.

The identity of the body and cause of death is unknown at this time.

An autopsy will be performed on the body.

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