OAKLAND -- Police say a man found burned to death apparently killed himself outside the apartment where his aunt died during a home-invasion robbery last month, but investigators are still working to determine the link between the two deaths.
Authorities on Tuesday identified the man as Richard Fang, the 56-year-old nephew of 77-year-old Susan Fong. Fong was found dead in the Fruitvale district apartment the two shared on the afternoon of Feb. 7.
Police continue to analyze physical evidence that was found on the apartment complex walkway where the charred body was found. At this point, the case is still classified as a "suspicious death," but all indications are Fang committed suicide, police said.
The body was burned beyond recognition.
Shortly after 5:10 a.m. Saturday,¿ officers were called to the 1800 block of 34th Avenue, where neighbors had called fire crews about a residence on fire.
When firefighters arrived, they saw a fire burning on the apartment complex walkway. Shortly after extinguishing the flames, they found the body, police said. No damage to buildings or other injuries were reported.
Meanwhile, the Alameda County Coroner's office has not specified a cause of death for Fong, but police said she was unresponsive and declared dead following a home-invasion robbery.
Police continue to investigate her death as a homicide because if she died during a crime, the suspect or suspects could be charged with murder.
There were no signs of forced entry at the apartment, and police have not said if anything was stolen during the robbery. Police said Fong owned the four-unit apartment building where the robbery took place and had lived there for at least 30 years.