Man found dead near burning camper. Police say suspect behind bars on murder charge.

man found dead near burning camper suspect behind bars on murder charge
Source: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, Mega

Oct. 1 2021, Published 11:16 a.m. ET

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An Idaho man’s dead body was found near a burning camper and while police say they have arrested a suspect, many details remain hidden.

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On Sept. 26, the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office got a call about a camper on fire in an undeveloped campground, according to a press release from the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.

According to authorities, the caller reported there was a dead person at the camper.

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An autopsy was conducted on the victim on Sept. 27, which determined the victim had injuries consistent with homicidal violence, police said.

Officials identified the body as 24-year-old Wayne Michael Hodges.


An investigation by police led detectives to a suspect, as they applied for an arrest warrant on 24-year-old Chase William Chandler, cops said. But, investigators have not revealed what led them to charge Chandler, whether he knew the victim before the alleged incident or a possible motive for the killing.

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On Sept. 28, authorities said Chandler was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Hodges.

Even with the arrest, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is ongoing.


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