GLADWIN COUNTY – On Friday afternoon, deputies from the Gladwin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a burnt vehicle found located in the middle of a seasonal road located in the Lame Duck Wildlife Area in Bourret Township. The investigating deputies located the remains of one human occupant from the burnt 2011 Ford Taurus.
The identity of the driver/occupant was later positively identified through dental Monday, April 10.
The deceased was fully identified as Edward M. Lakian, an 86 year old male from West Bloomfield Michigan.
The vehicle fire and death of Edward Lakian is still under investigation by the Gladwin County Sheriffs Office with the assistance of the West Bloomfield Police Department and a Fire investigator from the West Branch Michigan State Police Post.
Currently, the evidence collected and analyzed by officers from the scene of the car fire and the down state residence belonging to Edward Lakian does yield some insight into the case. At this time, there is no direct or indirect evidence to support foul play. The Sheriff’s Department says that the scene is consistent with Edward Lakian getting disoriented and lost. The car was stuck in the middle of the partially flooded seasonal roadway. There was evidence at the scene indicating Mr. Lakian made attempt to free his vehicle from the mud and was unsuccessful. Investigators now believe Mr. Lakian
may have suffered a medical event, which caused him to die. It is believed the vehicle overheated and caught on fire. Due to the remote location, the fire was not observed and it eventually burned out on its own. This incident is consistent with an accidental death and there is no indication this was a homicide.
Edward Lakian is survived by several children that reside in Michigan. Condolences are extended to the Lakian family for their loss.