SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (April 21, 2014) – Teams in Tennessee have stopped their search for the remains of a 5-year-old boy who died in a cabin fire last weekend.
According to the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office, searchers have sifted through thousands upon thousands of pounds of debris while looking for 5-year-old Tyveon Temple. Investigators said they don’t believe they’ll ever find his remains.
Members of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, State Fire Marshal’s Office Bomb and Arson Section, University of Tennessee Anthropology Department and several local fire departments have “exhausted all means of sifting through debris” in an effort to find Temple.
“We offer our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased,” Bomb and Arson Director Dewey Woody said. “We will continue to focus on processing evidence and investigating the circumstances surrounding this tragedy.”
Police said more than 20 people were inside the cabin when the fire started on April 12. Many of them were family members and family friends from Indianapolis and Louisville. Temple was the only person who didn’t make it out of the cabin.
Ricky Hudson, 56, was also killed. He was pronounced dead at LeConte Medical Center after suffering from injuries while helping others escape.
FOX59’s Eric Levy broke the news locally on Twitter: