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UPDATE: 219 Oak fire victim identified, situation being treated as homicide


The Quincy Police Department says the incident involving human remains found Monday in a fire scene at 219 Oak is being treated as a homicide.

According to the Adams County Coroner, 48-year-old Nancy Streitmatter of Quincy was found inside Salvage Lumber on Monday morning.

Quincy police say Streitmatter was identified with dental records and other medical information. 

Police Chief Rob Copley says they still don't know exactly how the woman died or what sparked the fire Sunday night at 219 Oak.

Although the cause of death has yet to be determined, Copley says that circumstances involved in this investigation lead the department to treat the incident as a homicide for now. 

"The fire is suspicious, but also the conditions surrounding the body and the evidence makes it suspicious as well. What's holding us back from really saying it's a homicide is knowing the cause and manner of death at this point," says Copley.

Identification was made via dental records, other medical information and additional circumstantial information. Evidence from the fire scene has been sent to the Illinois State Crime Lab for analysis.

Final toxicology and examination results will not be available for several more weeks.

The remains of a female victim were found Monday after crews extinguished a fire at the Salvage Lumber building Sunday evening.

(See "Human remains found at fire scene identified as female")

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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