CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are conducting a death investigation in an area burned in Tuesday’s Peninger Fire.  Investigators have not yet concluded whether the person died before or during the fire.

On the morning of Thursday, July 19, 2018, JCSO and Fire District 3 officials surveyed the fire area by helicopter.  The purpose of the flight was to survey the damage caused by the fire and to help assess needs for future law enforcement and fire suppression efforts along the Bear Creek Greenway.

During the flight, at 11:23 a.m., a body was spotted within the fire perimeter, next to Bear Creek.  Deputies cordoned off the area.  JCSO detectives, Fire District 3 personnel, and a medical examiner investigator responded to the scene.

The burned body was found to be that of a man.  The scene was located near a suspected transient camp.

At this time, detectives are working to identify the man.  An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.  No further information is available for release at this time.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Refer to case #18-14794.