Suspicious house fire leads investigators to man’s body in trash can

Authorities reportedly discovered a dead man’s body in a trash can near a Patton Village, Texas, home that was on fire a day prior.

The Houston Chronicle reported that a fire broke out at the home early Wednesday. Investigators recovered the remains inside a residential-sized trash can on the same street as the residence.

Montgomery County Sheriff Office (MSCO) detectives and Fire Marshal’s Office and Patton Village Police are currently investigating the possible homicide and whether the fire was intentionally started to conceal the unidentified man’s death.

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“It does seem that way, but we don’t know for a fact that is,” MCSO Lieutenant Scott Spencer told the Chronicle. “It would just be speculation.”

Investigators asked for the public’s help finding Aaron Phillips and Jason Gilbert, the last known residents of the Patton Village home. Authorities said the pair were seen at the home hours before the blaze, according to KPRC.

Anyone with information regarding Phillips and Gilbert’s location or the ongoing investigation is urged to call the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office at 936-538-8288.

This is a developing story. Check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available. 

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