As of 07/16/2014, the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office has concluded the investigation into the death of Brandon Chad Bruce. A thorough exam of the burnt vehicle, the site of burnt vehcile, a vehicle crash site, and of Bruce's remains has been conducted. Based on the results of those exams, no foul play is suspected at this time.
Despite initial reports from witnesses of hearing gun shots in the area, no bullet casings, bullet fragments, bullet holes, or firearms were located at any of the scenes. During the autopsy, no bullet fragments or bullet pathways were located in Bruce's remains. Burning vehicles often produce explosions from tires, airbags, and hydraulics
consistent in sound with those of gunshots. It is also the opinion of investigators that the burnt vehicle containing Bruce's body was the same vehicle that crashed into a ditch approximately 350 yards from the location of the burn site. It is suspected that damage sustained during that crash was the cause of the fire.
Preliminary information from the autopsy is indicative that Bruce inhaled high concentrations of Carbon Monoxide prior to his death and in highest probability is the cause of death. The final autopsy report is pending laboratory results and could take several months.
The Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Bruce family for their loss and express our regrets for any undue stress the investigation may have caused.
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