Authorities are investigating a house fire that totally destroyed a Clito-area home early Saturday morning. A body was found in the house and is suspected to be that of the homeowner.
Ray Beasley, 61, a local well-drilling company owner, is suspected to have been in the Cliponreka Road home, but until an autopsy is conducted, the body's identity has not been confirmed, said Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch.
The autopsy, scheduled for Tuesday morning, is expected to reveal the victim's identity as well as cause of death, he said.
Bulloch County Fire Chief Christopher Ivey said firefighters were called to the fire around 6:20 a.m. Saturday and found the home "completely destroyed." The cause of the blaze is yet to be determined, and the state fire marshal's office is investigating, he said.
The Bulloch County Sheriff's Office is also investigating, said Capt. Todd Hutchens. The case is being led by Investigator Walter Deal. Hutchens said Monday that at this point in the probe, investigators have not yet determined whether foul play is a factor in the fire.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Deal at (912) 764-1788 or (912) 764-8888.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.