LEWISTON - On Thursday, October 7, 2021, the Lewiston Police received information on the identity of the individual found in the burned pickup truck near Nez Perce Drive, east of Juniper Drive in Lewiston on October 1.
The individual found in the pickup has been identified as 57-year-old Michael T. Devin, of Lewiston. The case remains under active investigation by the Lewiston Police.
The LPD is also working together with the Idaho County Sheriff's Office in regards to another homicide that occurred in Idaho County on September 30 when the body of a 76-year-old Grangeville woman was discovered inside of a residence. An autopsy of the body confirmed "homicidal violence," according to the ICSO.
With permission from the family, the ICSO has released the name of the victim involved in that case. The victim was identified as 76-year-old Edwina “Eddy” Devin, of Grangeville. The two victims in each of these cases have been confirmed as mother and son.
On Friday, October 1, 2021 at approximately 3:20am, the Lewiston Police responded to a vehicle fire near Nez Perce Drive, east of Juniper Drive. Upon arrival, officers found a 2007 GMC pickup fully engulfed in flames.
The Lewiston Fire Department responded and extinguished the flames. After the fire was put out, a body was discovered inside the pickup, which prompted Lewiston Police Department detectives to respond and investigate.
At 6:30am, based on information gathered at the vehicle fire scene by detectives, additional Lewiston Police Officers responded to the 1800 block of 12th Avenue as that was determined as a possible address for a subject connected to the burned GMC pickup. Due to the nature of the initial call and information gathered while at both locations, the 1800 block of 12th Avenue was shut down for several hours while Lewiston SWAT members secured the scene. A few hours later, the SWAT team made entry into the house without incident.
The Lewiston Police Department is investigating this incident as a homicide.
Detectives are actively contacting individuals and businesses who may have video in areas of interest to the investigation. These areas include Nez Perce Drive and the 1800 block of 12th Avenue. If you have any information on this case and have not spoken to detectives, please contact (208)746-0171 and ask to speak to Detective Brian Erickson or Sergeant Jason Leavitt.