WYANDOTTE - Autopsy reports are inconclusive with regard to a burned body found at a Wyandotte residence in November, according to authorities.
Experts are now looking to DNA evidence for answers.
“DNA testing is being done on the body, but we still don't have a positive identification,” Ottawa County Undersheriff Bob Ernst said Friday. “It is, however, safe to say that we have not located Joshua Cook, the resident of the home.”
Wyandotte firefighters arrived at Cook's residence on South 645 Road at approximately 4 a.m. Nov. 21 to find the home and several vehicles on fire.
“When firefighters were attempting to extinguish the fire, they observed a human body in one of the vehicles that had burned,” Ottawa County Sheriff Terry Durborow said.
Jodi Francisco, Wyandotte fire chief, said the body was found in the driver's seat of a Chevrolet Blazer. Francisco said an elderly neighbor who reported the fire told firefighters that the resident usually drove a Blazer.
Cook was released from jail in Carthage, Mo., two days prior to the fatal fire, according to police reports.
Cook was booked in at 1:25 a.m. Nov. 17 and released at 12:40 p.m. Nov. 19 from the Jasper County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond on the charge of unlawful use of a weapon.
A Jasper County complaint filed Nov. 16 alleges that Cook, 29, knowingly discharged a firearm at 1122 S. Jackson Ave. in Joplin, Mo.