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Authorities identify Michigan fire victim with DNA

Associated Press

Cleon Township — Michigan authorities have identified a man who died in a June car fire through DNA samples of his family.

Grand Rapids Press reports authorities identified 28-year-old Benito Cervantes-Sanchez on Thursday. He was found in the driver’s seat burned beyond recognition on June 16 in Cleon Township, about 50 miles southwest of Traverse City. An autopsy showed no evidence of other trauma to the body.

Cervantes-Sanchez was a seasonal worker who had left Plant City, Florida, for Michigan on June 15.

The fire’s cause is undetermined. State police fire marshals say the fire started in the passenger area of the car but no accelerants were found.

Manistee County sheriff’s deputies say the University of North Texas in Fort Worth analyzed DNA samples.