WOODSTOCK – A teenage boy was killed and five people were injured after a mobile home caught fire in the early morning hours on Wednesday.
Champaign County deputies were on routine patrol at 1:06 a.m. in the area of Woodstock when they discovered the home located at 122 S. Main St. engulfed in flames. Deputies exited their patrol vehicle and discovered a woman and boy exiting the residence. Both the woman and boy tried going back inside. Deputies escorted them away from the fire. Deputies were advised that a boy was inside the residence and made entry trying to find him. Deputies believed he was in the bathroom and attempted to get the door open, but could not make entry into the bathroom. Deputies exited the burning structure due to the excessive heat and flames.
Champaign County Coroner Dr. Joshua Richards was called to the scene after 2 a.m. The deceased teen’s identity, 16-year-old Jordan Edley, was released to the media by the sheriff’s office at 6:23 a.m. Wednesday. The coroner’s office has not yet positively confirmed this identification.
According to Triad Local Schools Superintendent Chris Piper, Edley was a student at Triad High School.
The female occupant of the home, Nicole Lee, 43, along with her younger son Jevin Edley, 12, were treated for smoke inhalation at Memorial Hospital in Marysville.
Multiple agencies including Northeast Champaign County Fire District, Mechanicsburg Fire and EMS, Allen Township, and Milford Center Fire were called to the scene to fight the fire. The residence is a total loss.
Two Champaign County deputies were treated at Mercy Memorial Hospital of Urbana for smoke inhalation and were released. Their names were not released to the media.
Another responder was injured at the fire. A woman exiting a Union County Emergency Management Agency vehicle at the fire scene fell and injured her head. She was transported to Ohio State University hospital. Her name was not released to the media.
No information regarding the cause of the fire has been released. The sheriff’s office and the state fire marshal’s office are investigating the fire.
Fire victim part of ongoing kidnapping case
According to files in Champaign County Municipal Court, Jordan Edley was the victim of an alleged kidnapping in November. The kidnapping was one of two similar incidents by the same alleged perpetrators involving two different victims.
Dakota W. Bailey, 19 of 4994 Burton Road, North Lewisburg, and four juveniles were charged in the kidnappings. Bailey was indicted by the Champaign County grand jury earlier this month.
According to a report from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office filed Nov. 25, deputies responded to the 122 S. Main St., Woodstock address at 8:41 p.m. Nov. 24 and talked to Edley, who said he had been kidnapped, assaulted and had his life threatened if he didn’t return marijuana or give the alleged kidnappers $4,000. Jordan gave verbal and written statements to investigators. The interview with Jordan Edley was taped and photos of his injuries were taken at that time, according to statements filed with municipal court.
The alleged assault on Jordan Edley and the threats occurred in a vehicle.
On Nov. 25, Bailey was pulled over during a traffic stop where law enforcement found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a vehicle he was driving.
The grand jury indicted Bailey on four counts of kidnapping with a one-year firearm specification and a three-year firearm specification, two counts each of assault, aggravated menacing and possessing criminal tools and one count each of possession of marijuana and illegal use or possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia.
In addition to Bailey, Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi said at the time of the indictments that four juveniles were charged in the juvenile court for their involvement in the offense.
Bailey pleaded not guilty to the charges and was placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring after bond was posted. As part of his bond, Bailey is prohibited from having contact with the victims or his co-defendants and is prohibited from leaving the court-designated residence except for going to court hearings and going to his attorney’s office.
The address where Edley died in the fire was also identified in a Champaign County grand jury indictment from November. Jalen M. Edley, 21, of 122 S. Main St., Woodstock, was indicted on one count each of possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.