The small fire was extinguished and the body of Dahm was discovered in the 1999 Chevy Tahoe. Sharp County Criminal Investigation Division's Detective Sergeant Ken Guidry and Arkansas State Police Special Agent Wendall Jines also responded to the incident.
The body was recovered and sent to the Arkansas Medical Examiners office to determine the cause of death. On Dec. 9, the report received from the medical examiner determined the cause of death to be accidental. Dahm died as a result of smoke and soot inhalation.
He reported to have moved to the back seat to escape the harmful smoke. Both of the door handles were completely broken off as a result of Dahm trying to escape the vehicle. It is believed that he then went to the far rear hatch area of the vehicle in an attempt to escape, as this is where the body was located.