Man's Remains Identified Six Months After Fire

After months of testing with no positive results, authorities have identified remains found after a fire as that of Travis Bach based on circumstantial evidence that pointed to him being inside the house at the time of the fire.

Bach's family says, they're relieved to have official confirmation, but closure is still difficult.

"He was a good nephew. I miss him. I miss him a lot. He was too young," said Carol Bach, Travis' aunt.

"I still would like to find out more information as far as what took place--whether or not we ever find that information, I don't know. But at least we'll be able to give my brother the proper burial," said Jeremy Bach, Travis' older brother.

The New Years Eve fire destroyed the home on Alcorn Avenue, just off Highway 370.

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

After the fire, charred remains were found inside the house. The bone fragments were sent to a lab in Des Moines for testing to determine if they were human remains. That test came back positive.

"As a family, waiting six months is a very long time and they probably need to look at the process a little better instead of waiting so long to get results back to a family," said Jeremy.

A car Bach had borrowed from a friend was found parked in front of the house.

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.

Medical examiners say Bach probably died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. They are listing the manner of death as accidental.


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