No foul play suspected in Moses Lake car fire that claimed a man’s life

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. — Detectives in charge of investigating a car fire that claimed the life of a man in Grant County have not discovered any evidence of foul play, though his cause of death hasn’t been uncovered.

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, authorities located the flaming car on the 13000-block of S Frontage Rd, roughly two miles east of Moses Lake, sometime on June 10, 2022. The victim’s body was discovered inside the vehicle after the flames were extinguished by fire crews at the scene.

Now, the Grant County Coroner has publicly identified the victim as a 25-year-old Moses Lake man named Mesan Felix Ekoue Totou. His remains have been transferred to the care of the Spokane County Medical Examiner for further inspection and to determine a cause of death.

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Initial reports indicated that there was a vehicle collision on I-90 near milepost 182. The car was fully engulfed by the time that emergency responders arrived, and the first police officer who arrived at the scene could not see the victim inside. They later realized that his body was in the passenger seat.

The investigation is being aided by the Grant County Fire Marshal’s Office, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab.

This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are announced.


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