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NEW INFORMATION: Waterloo Police identify body found in garage

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Fire crews found a body in a garage near a Waterloo house fire on Cornwall on Dec. 9, 2014. (Olivia Mancino, KWWL) Fire crews found a body in a garage near a Waterloo house fire on Cornwall on Dec. 9, 2014. (Olivia Mancino, KWWL)
(Olivia Mancino, KWWL) (Olivia Mancino, KWWL)
Waterloo fire crews battled a house fire on Cornwall Avenue on Dec. 9, 2014. (Lauren Moss, KWWL) Waterloo fire crews battled a house fire on Cornwall Avenue on Dec. 9, 2014. (Lauren Moss, KWWL)
Before and after photos of 1107 Cornwall Ave. (Black Hawk County Assessor's Office and Olivia Mancino, KWWL) Before and after photos of 1107 Cornwall Ave. (Black Hawk County Assessor's Office and Olivia Mancino, KWWL)
John Derifield, 46, of Waterloo, in a November mug shot. (Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office) John Derifield, 46, of Waterloo, in a November mug shot. (Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office)
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WATERLOO (KWWL) - UPDATE:

Waterloo Police release the name of the man whose body was found inside a garage on Tuesday morning.

Police say John Derifield died in the garage.  He was 46.  His body was found as firefighters put out a fire at the home at 1107 Cornwall Avenue.

No other information is being released about his death right now, but police believe Derifield set the fire in the house before taking his own life by hanging himself.

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Waterloo Police now confirm the fire and body found at 1107 Cornwall Avenue was the result of an arson/suicide.

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the man's body found in the garage, or the manner of his death.

Police did confirm that the man whose body was found in the garage started the fire in the house.

Police say the fire started inside, but they don't know at this time how the man got into the house. Waterloo fire officials say an accelerant was found inside the home.

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The same house that caught fire Tuesday, where officials found a man's body, had also been the house where police were called for a domestic assault just a few weeks ago.

Police were called to 1107 Cornwall Ave. on Nov. 14, where they arrested John Russell Derifield, 46, of Waterloo and charged him with aggravated domestic abuse, according to Waterloo Police Capt. Dave Mohlis.

Online records show Derifield was charged with first offense domestic abuse assault with display or use of a weapon.

According to the criminal complaint, Derifield had a gun at the residence and threatened suicide. He also pointed the gun at his wife of two years, Jody Goldsberry, according to the complaint.

Derifield was transported to Allen Hospital for a mental health evaluation before being taken into custody, according to the complaint.

Waterloo Police seized a shotgun and handgun from the residence at that time.

Goldsberry and Derifield had been married for around two years, according to the complaint.

Records also show that, on Nov. 17, Goldsberry filed for a no-contact order against Derifield.

Derifield also posted a $2,000 bond on Nov. 17.

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Police now say the body found in a garage adjacent to a Waterloo house fire was male.

Waterloo Police confirmed a man's body was found in the garage adjacent to a house fire on Cornwall Avenue Tuesday morning.

Police gave no other information on the manner of death.

The garage was not attached to the house and was not on fire.

According to the Black Hawk County Assessor's Office, Jody L. Goldsberry Stephens is the deed holder on 1107 Cornwall Ave.

Sources tell us that Stephens and her two children are OK.

The house was built in 1949 and has 1,476 square feet, according to the office. The garage was built in 1956.

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Part of a Waterloo home was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning.

Four fire trucks were called to 1107 Cornwall Avenue at around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Streets in the area were blocked off to give firefighters room to battle the blaze.

No one was inside a the time of the fire, according to officials.

The fire was out before 10 a.m., and officials began investigating the cause of the fire.

KWWL has crews on scene and will bring you the latest details as they become available.

Lauren Moss, Olivia Mancino, Nikki Newbrough, Jerry Gallagher, Amie Steffeneicher, Adam Amdor and Ally Crutcher contributed to this report.

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