UPDATE: State Police investigating fatal house fire

ROCK RIVER TWP. — On August 9, 2018, at approximately 12:05 a.m. detectives from the Michigan State Police, Negaunee Post released the identity of the human found in the fatal house fire.

The remains of the deceased were positively identified as 61-year-old Joseph Ray Roop of Eben Junction.

The identification was made by DNA.

The cause of the structure fire was undetermined however, no foul play is suspected.


ROCK RIVER TWP. — On Saturday, July 14th at approximately 1:00 A.M., Troopers from the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post-Munising Detachment were dispatched to a fatal house fire at N5113 ET RD after fire fighters with the Rock River Township Fire Department discovered human remains inside the residence.

The structure was completely destroyed as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined but foul play is not suspected.

The name of the deceased will be released once positive identification is made. The incident remains under investigation.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by detectives with the Michigan State Police Fire Investigator Unit, Rock River Township Fire Department and Alger County EMS