Bones Found at Mills County Fire Scene

A New Year’s Day fire in Mills County is back under the microscope. Authorities have found bones in the charred remains of the property.

The fire destroyed a home on Alcorn Avenue, just off Highway 370. When firefighters arrived on January 1, they were met by deputies who were already on the scene to investigate a burglary.

The flames quickly raged out of control, there were no hydrants nearby and emergency crews had to let the fire burn itself out.

Now the discovery of the bones on the property has refocused attention on the incident. The bones have been sent to a lab in Des Moines for testing to determine if they are human remains.

The family of 26-year-old Travis Bach says that he went missing at the same time that fire broke out and authorities are looking into the possibility of whether Bach could have been in the home.

Bach’s brother Jeremy told WOWT 6 News on Wednesday that the family didn’t wish to comment on the case until investigators verify whether the remains are those of Travis, or if they are even human.

Back when we first reported this story, we told you there was a strange car near the house. The Council Bluffs Police Department, which is handling the case, says one of Bach's friends had let him borrow that car that night.

Police tell us that Bach did know Gerald Nibbe, the owner of the home. Bach had done some odd jobs in the past for the elderly man.

Authorities still don’t know how the fire started.

Council Bluffs Police say fire investigators are reporting there was so much destroyed in the fire, there is little evidence to give any kind of indication of the cause.


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