Body found in charred Squaw Valley barn identified

The Fresno County Coroner’s Office announced Thursday that the body found in a Squaw Valley barn that burned down was Amee Nichols, 54.

Fresno County sheriff’s detectives suspected it was Nichols who was found last Sunday in the barn, which was converted into a living space, after firefighters discovered the remains after midnight in the 44000 block of Sand Creek Road. Witnesses heard several loud explosions before the fire started.

Nichols had been reported missing. The cause of her death is still unknown, the sheriff’s office said.