FORT HALL â€” A man is in police custody as â€śa person of interestâ€ť in the death of a Fort Hall Indian Reservation resident whose body was found in a burning house across from an elementary school.
Fort Hall police said they apprehended 32-year-old Rydon Teton (also known as Rydon Dixey) of Fort Washakie, Wyoming, on Friday night.
Tetonâ€™s being held in connection to the death of 20-year-old Francisco Martinez of Fort Hall, whose body was found in the burning home Friday morning by emergency responders.
The fire at the house on B Street across from Fort Hall Elementary School was reported around 5:20 a.m. Friday. Fort Hall police and firefighters responded to the blaze and found Martinezâ€™s body in the house.
On Friday morning after the fire Fort Hall police said they were still trying to identify the body and the FBIâ€™s Evidence Response Team from Salt Lake City had responded to the scene to help with the investigation. B Street was closed for several hours on Friday as Fort Hall police and FBI personnel investigated the scene and interviewed witnesses.
On Saturday afternoon Fort Hall police issued a second press release identifying Martinez as the deceased and mentioning that Teton had been taken into custody on Friday night.
Tetonâ€™s being held without bond at the Fort Hall Jail in connection to Martinezâ€™s death and on a tribal warrant for unlawful use of a weapon.
Fort Hall police have not provided any information on Martinezâ€™s cause of death or stated where Teton was arrested and what led them to connect him to Martinezâ€™s death.
Fort Hall police said their investigation is ongoing and they area receiving assistance from the FBI.
Tribal authorities are asking for the publicâ€™s help regarding the investigation so if you have any information please contact Fort Hall police at 208-238-4000 or text anonymously to TIP411 (847-411).
Friday morningâ€™s fire was the second house fire to occur on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation within an almost 24-hour period.
Around 4:30 a.m. Thursday a fire gutted a residence on Batt Lane. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found the home was completely engulfed by flames.
The homeâ€™s occupants safely evacuated from the residence prior to firefightersâ€™ arrival but one of the individuals was transported via private vehicle to the hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation. That person was released from the hospital a short time later, the Fort Hall Fire Department reported. There were no other injuries.
According to Fort Hall Fire Chief Brian Briggs, â€śThe fire started in a back bedroom and the cause is still under investigation.â€ť