Vehicle, person of interest located by Aiken police in Oakman fire case; no charges filed
Deputies have located a missing vehicle and person of interest following a “suspicious” fire on Oakman Drive in Aiken County where one man was found dead.
The person of interest, David Logue, was located by deputies around 9:30 p.m. Dec. 25, according to a press release sent out Wednesday morning by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
Logue was found at 7642 S. Silverton St. in Jackson with a vehicle that was registered to James C. Oakman, 92, whose body was discovered after a house fire that occurred around Dec. 20 at Oakman Drive, according to the release.
Oakman was identified after his body was found inside his home at 126 Oakman Drive in Aiken, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton in a release. The fire was considered “suspicious,” Carlton said.
Deputies met with Logue before releasing him, according to the Sheriff’s Office. No charges were filed against Logue.
Logue was wanted for questioning by investigators who determined he had lived with Oakman for about a year.
The missing vehicle registered to Oakman, a white 2000 Lincoln LS, was secured and will later be released to his family members.
Although the investigation is ongoing, no criminal charges have been levied at this point, according to the release.
Investigators have determined the fire likely happened on or about Dec. 20; however, it was not reported until Oakman’s family went to the home Dec. 22, Carlton said.
Oakman’s family member originally came to check on him, and was surprised to find the home burned down, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene around 3:40 p.m. Saturday after one of Oakman’s family members called claiming the home had been destroyed by fire, according to the release.
Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Forensic investigators were notified and responded to the scene around 9:20 a.m. Dec. 23 in an attempt to determine the origin and cause of the fire.
During their search of the scene, they found Oakman’s remains in the debris of the home, according to the release.
The cause and manner of death at this time are being ruled as “suspicious” by the Coroner’s Office.