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MSP releases probable IDs of Calumet fire victims

CALUMET — The Michigan State Police Calumet Post has released the probable identities of the two persons who died in a Jan. 7 structure fire in Portage Township.

MSP said in a news release that autopsies were performed and the results are pending.

A positive identification has yet to be made, but investigators believe the remains are of husband and wife, John Makela, 32, and Breanna Makela, 27.

They are believed to be the victims inside the residence at the time of the fire, MSP said.

Investigators have contacted family members, and the coroner is attempting to use dental records and DNA to positively identify the remains, MSP said.

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