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UPDATE: Sheriff: Man who died in Wis. explosion identified

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UPDATED Saturday, January 11, 2014 --- 7:26 p.m.

TOWN OF WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- The person found dead after a town of Wausau home exploded is believed to be the owner.

According to a sheriff's department news release, investigators found who they believe to be 43-year-old Jesse Jehn beneath rubble Friday. It was a day after an explosion almost instantly leveled the one-story house.

Positive identification has not been established.

Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks told the Daily Herald Media (http://wdhne.ws/1m0i9WJ) investigators found five explosive devices, including two in separate vehicles outside, one in a nearby storage building and one in a camper.

Detective Jim Armstrong says the devices were connected by timed fuses throughout the property. He says he believes the explosion was deliberate.

Armstrong says the motive isn't clear, but authorities have responded to the home previously.

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UPDATED Friday, January 10, 2014 --- 10:44 a.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Marathon County sheriff's officials say human remains have been found in a home near Wausau that was destroyed by an explosion.

Sheriff's Lt. Ryan Weber said Friday investigators determined homemade bombs at the home were intentionally set. He says there were unexploded devices found in a vehicle and outbuilding on the property.

The home northeast of Wausau was destroyed by the explosion about 7 a.m. Thursday. In the hours after the explosion there was no word about the man who lived alone in the house. Neighbors in the rural subdivision were temporarily evacuated and returned to their home Thursday afternoon.

Explosive handlers removed the unexploded devices on the property before investigators began to search the collapsed one-story house.

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UPDATED Thursday, January 9, 2014 --- 5:10 p.m.

TOWN OF WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Investigators have found suspicious devices at the site of a home explosion where one man lived near Wausau.

Marathon County sheriff's officials say those devices have been "taken care of" and the scene is now safe. Investigators declined to elaborate on the devices.

Officials say the house exploded around 6:45 a.m. Thursday northeast of Wausau.

WAOW-TV reports authorities do not know if the homeowner was inside at the time of the explosion, but say they have not been able to locate him.

A bomb squad and a state fire marshal were called to the scene.

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Posted Thursday, January 9, 2014 --- 11:28 a.m.

TOWN OF WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A bomb squad has been called to the scene of a house explosion near Wausau.

Marathon County sheriff's officials say the explosives handlers will determine if it's safe for Town of Wausau firefighters to enter the house. Lt. Ryan Weber tells WAOW-TV it's not known whether anyone was home at the time of the explosion and fire shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday.

A state fire marshal is also responding to the scene.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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