- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Police say the death of a 91-year-old man found burned following a fire at a home on Detroit’s northwest side is being investigated as a homicide.

The man’s body was discovered after the early-morning fire Monday.

Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody tells The Detroit News that investigators found that the man’s body was covered with an accelerant, most likely gasoline, and that the man had experienced “potentially fatal trauma” before he was set on fire. The man’s van was missing.

The News and WWJ-AM, citing family members, identify the man as Paul Monchnik. Broadcasters say he was a retired television repairman.

Woody says there were “indications that the house was broken into and that there was a robbery.” They say they plan to release photos of a suspect.


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