EDITOR'S NOTE: The following press release was posted without editing.
This is an update to the house fire at 7350 Whitlock road originally reported on Sunday January 5th
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has been actively investigating a house fire for the past 3 days along with the invaluable assistance from the TBI, TBI Fire Investigation Unit, Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Dept., Como Volunteer Fire Dept., Oakland Volunteer Fire Dept., Puryear Volunteer Fire Dept., Springville Volunteer Fire Dept., Madison County Fire Investigations Team, Henry County Rescue Squad, Cumberland K-9 team, Henry County Highway Department and other members of the community. Although the investigation revealed the cause of the fire to be undetermined the aforementioned agencies have worked tirelessly in an effort to recover the remains of the homeowner, Charles Garfinkel. When the initial call came in and officers arrived on scene the house was fully engulfed and burned to the ground. Officers suspected the homeowner and his small dog to have been in the residence. After contact was made with family and it was confirmed that no one had spoken to him since the fire it was assumed that Garfinkel and his dog were in the house. Yesterday 1-7-20 officers were able to locate the remains of the dog. Today 1-8-20 officers did find human remains presumed to be Charles Garfinkel. The remains have been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Nashville to try to confirm the identity through DNA.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office sends our thoughts and prayers to friends and family of Mr. Garfinkel and hope that this effort has provided them some form of closure.