After Northern’s body was discovered, police were called. Neighbors and others had questions and were hoping an autopsy would provide answers.
“I don’t know if they missed it or if somebody killed the boy back there and put him back there. I don’t have a clue,” one neighbor said.
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The coroner’s report completed last week and released Wednesday reveals Northern’s death was fire-related. He had “soot on the tongue and in the upper and lower airways” and carbon monoxide in his body.
It also suggested he was hurt at the time of his death, with “blunt force trauma” to his head, torso and extremities. He also had methamphetamine in his system, the report stated.
The garage fire also was ruled an accident.
Northern’s father, who did not want to comment, said he holds no ill will toward the fire department.
Fire officials said the chief would be available Thursday for comment.