Wheelchair-bound man found deliberately burned to death in home, but ‘someone saved the dog,’ sheriff says

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Oct. 27 2021, Published 10:19 a.m. ET

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Three suspects are under arrest in connection to the murder of a wheelchair-bound man found burned to death in his torched home in Michigan.

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On Oct. 15 around 9:45 a.m., firefighters and deputies were called to a blaze reported at the Birch Run Township home of Scott M. Engelhardt, 65, according to

Inside the home, authorities discovered Engelhardt’s charred body in his bed, WJRT-TV reported.

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An autopsy later determined his death was a homicide, but police withholding the cause due to what they said was its specific nature.

Investigators also believe that accelerants found at the scene were deliberately used to start and spread the fire.


Saginaw County Sheriff William F. Federspiel noted that "someone saved the dog."

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“Either the person who committed the crime was a dog lover, or someone was walking through a burning house and decided to save the dog, then kept walking," Federspiel noted. "That doesn’t really seem natural, but we don’t know for sure.”

The victim’s 1998 Cadillac DeVille was missing from the home but police later recovered the vehicle.

On Oct. 22, Saginaw County sheriff deputies arrested and charged with felony murder a 19-year-old woman and 24-year-old man. The following day, authorities took a 20-year-old man into custody on the same charge.

Undersheriff Mike Gomez said detectives are searching for more suspects in the case and the investigation is ongoing.


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