A Georgia State patrol helicopter was brought in to fly the area around the extremely remote residence in the event McKeon was able to make it out of the house, however, the chopper was not able to locate anything.
Wes Walraven, the owner of the property, said McKeon’s health was to the point that he simply could not have strayed far from the home given the hilly terrain and the fact that the fire erupted in the middle of the night. McKeon is believed to be 82 years old.
Fire Investigator Mary Catherine Chewning said that special cadaver dogs are going to be brought in Friday to help search the area. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has also been asked to assist in the investigation.
“They are bringing in specialized equipment hopefully, to help us sift through the fire debris to determine if there are, or are not, any human remains,” Chewning said.
McKeon had lived in the residence since 1980 when he purchased the property from a Rome physician. Walraven bought the property in the past year, but agreed to allow McKeon to continue to live in the home, which Walraven said was full of remarkable antiques. McKeon was a retired antiques appraiser.