UPDATE: Body Found in Burned Home Near Buckley

UPDATE: We now know the name of the man killed in a house fire near Buckley last week. Investigators say William Rackow died in the house fire on Ramsey Road, last Thursday.

Deputies originally ruled it suspicious, only because there had been another fire on the same property back in November.  

But, the Michigan State Police fire investigator now says the fire was not arson. It remains under investigation.

Deputies will wait to determine a cause of death until they receive results from an autopsy.


Northern Michigan‘s News Leader has learned a body was found inside a burned-out home on Ramsay Road near Buckley in Grand Traverse County.

Investigators have not yet been able to identify the male victim, but they’ve made contact with family members and are working to get a positive identification.

Police have also made contact with the other person who resides at the home, that person was not home at the time of the fire.
Back on November 25, 2013, there was a suspicious fire on the same property in the pole barn.

That same night an unoccupied structure caught fire just a mile away.
Investigators say the surrounding area has had a series of suspicious fires for years. Barns, bales of hay, and vacant structures have all been set on fire at some point.

9&10’s Marisa McKay and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson spent the day learning more details on the investigation, and spoke to a neighbor who was first on the scene.