TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Dental expert called in to ID Forward body

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 3:56 a.m.
 

Allegheny County investigators will call upon a dental expert to help determine the identity of a man found fatally shot early on Sunday inside a burning Forward Township home.

The fire caused extensive damage to the house along the 400 block of Bunola River Road. The man whose body was found inside was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:22 a.m.

“It's been turned over to county homicide,” Forward police Chief Mark Holtzman said on Monday. “They are still in the midst of the investigation.”

County detectives and the county fire marshal's office did not return calls seeking comment by presstime.

A supervisor in the county medical examiner's office said Monday that the cause of death was a gunshot to the head, but the manner of death remained undetermined.

Some broadcast media outlets reported that the victim is the home's owner, James D. Stirbis, 54, but that had not been confirmed.

Police and the medical examiner's office said the body was burned beyond recognition.

A supervisor said an odontologist will examine pre-mortem and post-mortem X-rays on Tuesday.

According to county real estate records, Stirbis has owned the house since 2000. He purchased it for $30,000, but its value had increased to $90,000 in a recent assessment.

Stirbis did not request an appeal, according to the county's website.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read McKeesport

  1. Power outage planned in Elizabeth, Forward
  2. Jamie’s Dream Team founder says she will press on despite new illness
  3. Clairton students reference positive ‘Frozen’-themed lessons
  4. Elizabeth Forward marks 35th year of senior holiday breakfast
  5. McKeesport Area fourth-grader thrilled with gift from White Oak Lions Club
  6. North Versailles Township approves $6.79 million budget that keeps tax rates flat
  7. Executive says Century III revival plan remains on track
  8. StatMedevac wins safety award
  9. Greensburg pit bull advocacy group plans fundraiser in Homestead
  10. Businessman responds to Brewster shale tax proposal
  11. Constables accused of oppression in Munhall
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.