MOUNT VERNON — Fifty-two-year-old Brad Grosscup died from asphyxia and blunt force trauma to the head, Knox County Coroner Jennifer Ogle told the News. Asphyxia was the result of a “smothering type mechanism.”
“The manner of death remains a homicide,” she said.
Grosscup was found dead in his apartment at 209 Shirley Ave., Mount Vernon, on Feb. 14, when the Mount Vernon Fire Department responded to a fire.
The preliminary autopsy provided evidence that Grosscup was deceased prior to the start of the fire. “No soot was found in the airway,” Ogle said on Feb. 15. “And there were decomposition changes, which suggest death one or two days prior to the fire.”
According to the autopsy report acquired by the News, no skull fractures were present, but hemorrhages were evident on both the left and right side of Grosscup’s head.
The report also made reference to areas of Grosscup’s body that had been burned in the fire. Blood analysis was negative for illegal drugs in his system.
A cause of the fire has yet to be released.
Amber Pilotti, 31, and Jedidiah Lang, 31, both of Mount Vernon, were indicted on two counts of aggravated arson in connection with the Feb. 14 fire. They remain in the Knox County Jail on bonds of $100,000 and $250,000, respectively.
As of this morning, no charges have been filed regarding the homicide.
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