Blount County homicide victim described as “quiet man who kept t

Blount County homicide victim described as “quiet man who kept to himself”

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Sometime after 7pm Monday, Charles Sloan says he got a call about a fire at his cousin's house on Ebell Road near Oneonta.  

"A neighbor called down here and told us that the house was fully enflamed. We jumped and got our shoes on and jumped in the car and run down and it was more or less burnt up by the time we got there," said Sloan.

Sloan says he was hoping his cousin wasn't home at the time of the fire. But, he later learned that wasn't the case.

After hours of fighting the fire, rescue crews uncovered the body of Sloan's cousin, Don Whited. Whited body was found inside the burned up home, but investigators don’t believe it was the fire that killed him.

"This one is under investigation. We're looking at it as a homicide at this point," said Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington.

Sloan says Whited was a quiet man who kept to himself, and he's having a hard time understanding his cousin's death.

"I could believe him burning up, but I couldn't believe there was any foul play involved," explained Sloan. "I can't see anybody being mad at him because he wasn't that kind of fella."

This is a shock to Whited's family, but it's also a shock to the area. Cases like this in Blount County are few and far between.

"I’ve been Sheriff for 5 years, this is our fourth homicide," said Sheriff Arrington.  

Whited's body was sent to huntsville for an autopsy. No word on when those results will be complete.

Meanwhile the State Fire Marshall's office has taken over the investigation into the cause the fire.

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