Lewiston Police Department Continue to Investigate Homicide
LEWISTON -- The Lewiston Police Department continues to actively investigate the death of a man who burned to death in his truck Friday, October 1 as a homicide.
An autopsy was performed on October 4th. It was unable to determine the manner of death at that time. The identity of the deceased has not been confirmed, either. However, the Lewiston Police Department is investigating this incident as a homicide. Detectives are actively contacting individuals and businesses who may have video in areas of interest to the investigation.
These areas include Nez Perce Drive and the 1800 block of 12th Avenue. If you have any information on this case and have not spoken to detectives, please contact 208-746-0171 and ask to speak to Detective Brian Erickson or Sergeant Jason Leavitt.
On October 1st, 2021, at approximately 3:20 a.m., Lewiston Police responded to a vehicle fire near Nez Perce Drive, East of Juniper Drive. Upon arrival, officers found a 2007, GMC Pickup fully engulfed in flames. The Lewiston Fire Department responded and extinguished the flames.
After the fire was put out, a body was discovered inside the pickup. Lewiston Police Department detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Based on information gathered at the vehicle fire scene, additional Lewiston Police Officers responded to the 1800 block of 12th Avenue around 6:30 a.m. as this was a possible address for a subject connected to the burned GMC pickup.
Due to the nature of the initial call and information gathered while at both locations, 12th Avenue in the 1800 block was closed for several hours while Lewiston SWAT members secured the scene. A few hours later the SWAT team made entry into the house without incident.
At this time, the subject in the vehicle has not been identified and the Nez Perce County coroner arrived on the scene to take possession of the remains. The case is being actively investigated as a suspicious death by the Lewiston Police Department. At this time, we do not believe there is any danger to the public and this was an isolated incident.
Lewiston Police are asking anyone who may have information about the vehicle fire or saw something suspicious during the early morning hours of October 1st, 2021 in the area of Nez Perce Drive and Juniper Drive to contact LPD at 208-746-0171 and speak to Detective Brian Erickson.