FREMONT, IN — A Steuben County man, who was missing for at least five days, was found dead in the garage of a house that caught on fire several days ago.
According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, Daniel Sheets, age 36 of Fremont, was reported missing on July 23rd. Investigators say Sheets had not been heard from and was not answering his cell phone. He was last seen at a house in Fremont Township that was involved in a fire on Saturday, July 24th.
During the investigation to find Sheets a Sheriff’s Department drone was used. During the search, police found a dead victim in the garage area of the house. Reports indicate the garage had not been affected by the fire.
An autopsy, conducted on Friday, revealed the victim was Sheets. Authorities say the house fire “neither caused nor contributed to Sheets’ death”, which has been ruled a homicide.
Steven Restemayer, age 30 of Coldwater (Michigan), was found in a camper adjacent to the house where Sheets was found. He caught police attention because his two dogs had to be removed from the camper.
Restemayer was taken into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear on a charge of carrying a handgun without a license and booked into the Steuben County Jail.
Restemayer is considered a person of interest in the death investigation.
The incident is considered an ongoing homicide investigation is being conducted by the Steuben County Sheriff's Office and Indiana State Police.
Assisting the Steuben County Sheriff's Office throughout the preliminary investigation was the Indiana State Police, Angola City Police, Angola Fire Department, Fremont Fire Department, Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office, and the Steuben County Coroner's Office.
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