The death of an elderly man whose body was recovered in the aftermath of a Charleston house fire last week has been ruled a homicide, authorities said.
Robert White, 82, died at the scene of the blaze that consumed part of his Addison Street home. Investigators now believe it wasn't the fire that caused White's death.
Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said Monday an autopsy concluded White died of trauma to his body.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, and no arrests related to the slaying have been announced.
Authorities first responded around 7 a.m. Dec. 6 to 5 Addison St., where the man lived, for a report of a fire.
White's death marks the 12th homicide in Charleston in 2018 and the 54th in the tri-county area, according to a Post and Courier database.
Anyone with information about this incident can call 843-743-7200 to speak with an on-duty detective.