(WJBK) - A 26-year-old man who was reported missing after a house fire has been found deceased, days later, inside the home where the fire occurred.
Kevin McGriff II was reported missing on Monday by his father Kevin McGriff Sr. He says at about 5:30 a.m. Monday, he left his home on Detroit's Terry Street to go to work. His son, who he says suffers from schizophrenia, stayed inside.
Around 1 p.m. that day he received a call that his house was on fire. McGriff drove up to his home, burned, and his son was nowhere to be found. McGriff quickly called police.
Monday, firefighters said they cleared the home, even removing deceased pets from the home. Over the next few days family and friends searched the neighborhood looking for the 26-year-old.
After five days went by, McGriff Sr. went back to the home to try and find guardianship papers, so he could check the psych ward for his missing son. While inside they discovered Kevin's dead body in the kitchen.
"They gave his family and friends hope. We've been driving around going to homeless shelters, calling hospitals, morgues, seeing if we can get any information from psych wards. We've put up flyers, nonstop. Their negligence gave a family, who not only lost their home, but gave a family hope that they would find their son today," family friend Ashley Zayti said.
A statement was issued from Executive Fire Commissioner Eric Jones.
"This already has been a terrible tragedy for this family and these events surely compound their pain. Firefighters are required to conduct a full and complete search of every fire scene for any possible victims. We have a full investigation underway to determine what went wrong to prevent this from happening again. My team is reaching out to Mr. McGriff's family to apologize to them personally."