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Victims identified in Selma vehicle fire

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Police have identified the bodies of two Josephine County men found last week in the wreckage of a vehicle fire near Selma.

The remains of Daniel Thomas Hill, 24, and Paul Martin Folk, 26, were found inside the burned vehicle March 24 on a forest road, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Oregon State Police.

The deaths are being treated as a homicide, according to OSP.

The fire was reported at 12:50 p.m. March 24 about 6 miles up McMullen Creek Road outside Selma. Because of the remote location, fire crews were unable to extinguish the vehicle fire. Police found the bodies inside the wreckage when the fire died down.

According to OSP, Grants Pass police took a missing persons report about Folk prior to the fire.

Court records show multiple felony convictions since 2014 for Folk in Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties.

Lane County Circuit Court records show felony convictions for Hill in 2015.

The OSP news release contained no new information about a possibly related police shooting that occurred about two miles from the scene of the fire investigation.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the shooting investigation involving a Josephine County sheriff’s deputy who fired at a vehicle shortly after midnight for circumstances still under investigation.

No information has been released by police about whether anyone was injured in the shooting, nor has there been a description of a second vehicle that reportedly fled the scene of the shooting.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.