Marion man dies in vehicle fire

MIDDLE BRANCH TWP.— The victim of a fatal vehicle fire has been identified as Luke Allen Vanderhoef, 21, of Marion.

Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a Middle Branch Township residence at approximately 5 a.m. on Saturday to investigate the vehicle fire, where they found Vanderhoef in a burning 1998 Pontiac.

An autopsy Monday confirmed the identity of the victim and the cause of death as smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Osceola County detectives. Osceola County Sheriff’s Office also was assisted at the scene by Marion Fire and Rescue, Osceola County EMS and the Michigan State Police Fire Investigation unit.