The Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the identity of one of the individuals killed in the structure fire on Feb. 13 at Medina’s Body Repair Shop, 310 N. Higbee St., Milford. (See related story and video)
The female found by firefighters was located within the second floor of the structure and has been identified as that of Annalu Nunez, residing at the body shop. Nunez was determined to have died of smoke inhalation.
The male body found by firefighters that was located within the first floor of the structure is presumed to be that of Jose Medina, also of the same address in Milford. Medical examiners of the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center determined that the male subject also died of smoke inhalation. At this time, authorities are continuing the investigation as to the full and positive identification of Medina, pending DNA testing.
The cause and origin of the fire is still under the joint investigation of the Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office, The Fire Investigation Team of Kosciusko County, Milford Police Department, Milford Fire Department and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office Investigators.
The Kosciusko County Planning Department confirmed to StaceyPageOnline.com on Thursday that no permit for the apartment existing in the body shop was ever applied for. The county had no knowledge that a residential unit existed in the building, which is owned by Garry Miller of Milford.