Police: No evidence of foul play found in Skandia man’s death

SKANDIA – Michigan State Police troopers from the Negaunee post said no evidence of foul play was discovered in the death of a 56-year-old Skandia man whose body was found beside his burned pickup truck Wednesday morning.

Police said they believe the death of Samuel Louis Longtine was accidental. An autopsy was conducted Thursday at Marquette General Hospital by the Marquette County Medical Examiner.

A specific cause of death is pending toxicology results, which typically can take several weeks to obtain.

At about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, state police found Longtine’s body lying near his burned pickup truck.

Longtine’s body had suffered minor burns and was found on the back side of his property, located along U.S. 41 in West Branch Township, within a mile of his home.

Longtine had been reported missing from his residence Tuesday night. He was last seen at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Police said when they located the body, the fire had already burned out. Police said investigation revealed Longtine was likely plowing snow on his property when his vehicle caught fire.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.