The Christian County Coroner’s Office issued a press release concerning a fire in rural Stonington. On January 18th, at 6:22 PM 9-1-1 received a call of a vehicle in rural Stonington. Authorities arrived on scene and notified dispatch that there was a victim in the vehicle. With the help of dental records, authorities have identified the deceased as 71 year old Diane McCoy of Decatur. An autopsy was held in Bloomington on Monday and the preliminary results indicate that she died of carbon monoxide intoxication due to inhalation of smoke and soot due to a mini-van fire.
The investigation into the fire is being handled by Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations, along with the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services. The Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Christian County Coroner’s Office is also assisting with the investigation. Helping with the fire was Stonington and Moweaqua Fire.
No other information will be released as this is an ongoing investigation.