Elderly Aiken man identified as victim in residential fire on Oakman Drive

December 24, 2018

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office has identified an elderly Aiken man as the victim found dead following a residential fire at his Oakman Drive home on Saturday afternoon.

James C. Oakman, 92, has been identified after his body was found inside his home at 126 Oakman Drive in Aiken, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton in a release.

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 was destroyed by fire, according to the release.

Oakman’s family member came over to check on him, but was surprised to find the home burned down, with Oakman’s vehicle still parked outside the residence, the release states.

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Forensic investigators were notified and responded to the scene around 9:20 a.m. Sunday 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 Aiken County Coroner’s Office was then called to assist with this investigation.

Investigators have determined the fire likely happened on or about Dec. 20, however it was never reported until Oakman’s family went to the home Saturday, Carlton said.

Carlton has ruled the death as “suspicious” at this time.

This is considered to be an ongoing investigation, police said.

Check back as more information will be released as it becomes available.

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