Skip to comments.Body found in burning car [2nd in last two weeks in shoreline CT]
Posted on 12/01/2003 8:52:47 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
(Waterford-WTNH, Nov. 30, 2003 Updated 9:55 PM) _ State police are investigating a deadly car fire that happened near a shopping mall Sunday.
Authorities were called to an area behind the Target store at the Crystal Mall around 4:30 p.m. when someone reported what they thought was a brush fire.
"They found a vehicle on fire," Deputy Chief Max Thiel said. "There is an individual in the car."
Trooper One flew over the Crystal Mall in Waterford while State Police Major Crimes Squad set up a perimeter behind Target. Stunned shoppers came out of the stores and found crime scene tape and police cruisers.
"I was shopping over at Crossroads and I saw the helicopter with the spot lights and had to see what is going," said Dave Smith of Montville.
"They said there was a body in the car down there."
"Just concerned about who was in there because we are a small community and we hope it's no one we know," said Trish Capozza of Waterford.
Police say right now they have more questions than answers. Detectives in Waterford aren't taking any chances with the bizarre death and are treating it like a homicide investigation.
"The Waterford Police Department is there, the state's attorney is there, and Major Crimes is there to assist in the crime scene to determine exactly what happened," said Deputy Chief Max Thiel, Waterford Police.
The biggest problem is the terrain. The crime scene is way back in the woods down a steep ravine. State Police had to bring in their helicopter Trooper 1 and a K-9 unit to search for any possible suspects in the woods.
"It's going to take us most of the night to process the scene and determine what happened," Thiel said.
Trooper 1 will be in the air through out the night to light up the crime seen for detectives as well spot for potential suspects.
This is the second burned body in a car in that area in the past two weeks. The body of a Navy sonar technician from Iowa was found in a car at the submarine base in Groton November 21st.
Did you read the navy sonar guy story?
(We posted here at the same time, I had not read your post when I pinged you.)
Body found in burning car identified
BRADDYVILLE, Iowa - Tue, Nov. 18, 2003 - A body found in a burning car was identified Tuesday as a Kansas man.
Eric Jenkins, 26, of Topeka, Kan., died Sunday in what the Page County sheriff's office said was a fire that followed a one-vehicle accident near Braddyville, about 60 miles southeast of Council Bluffs, near the Missouri border.
Jenkins' body was found in the car after firefighters extinguished the flames, the sheriff's office said.
==>> He was in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
Body Found In Oakland Car Fire
December 1, 2003
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland police are investigating a dead human body found in a burning car in the Montclair area of Oakland this morning.
A police dispatcher said the body is believed to be human, though a dispatcher with the Alameda County Coroner's Office reports that his agency had not received any calls from the Oakland Police Department about the body as of 5:45 a.m.
The body was reportedly found in a car that was ablaze in the 2500 block of Mountain Boulevard near Joaquin Miller Park at 4:30 a.m. No other information was about the incident was available.
(Waterford-AP Dec. 4, 2003 2:15 PM)_ State police say the body of a man found in the trunk of a burning car in Waterford last Sunday was that 31-year-old New York man.
The man, who had been shot several times, has been identified as Gustavo Carrillo of New York.
Firefighters and police were called to a Target store off Route 85 near Interstate 95 Sunday afternoon. While firefighters were putting out the blaze, the car's trunk popped open and authorities saw the body.
The medical examiner has ruled Carrillo's death a homicide.
Man's Body Found In Burning Car
Police Do Not Suspect Foul Play In Incident
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Marion County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of an Indianapolis man whose body was found inside a burning car Wednesday.
Neighbors said they heard a loud sound in the 3400 block of West 58th Street around 9:30 p.m. and noticed the car on fire.
"My husband was looking out and saw him shut the trunk, and I guess the inside light was still on. My husband didn't think anything of it and went back and was watching the game, and we laid down around 9:20, and as soon as we laid down we heard a big explosion. A big boom, and when we looked out the window, there was fire," a neighbor told RTV6's Jennifer Carmack .
William Benjamin, 62, was found inside the car.
Benjamin's wife was inside the house sleeping at the time of the incident, police said.
Investigators said they do not suspect foul play, but it's not clear what happened, RTV6 reported.
By S.K. BARDWELL
A body was found in a vehicle that burned this morning, igniting a townhome fire in west Houston.
The blaze was reported about 4:30 a.m. at a condominium complex on the Katy Freeway near Beltway 8, said officials.
Firefighters said the blaze began in a vehicle in the complex's parking lot, then spread to several other vehicles and into the complex itself.
The body, about which no details are known, was found about 5 a.m. in one of the burned vehicles. An autopsy will determine the identity of the victim and the cause of the death.
Firefighters extinguished the fire about 6 a.m. Six units at the complex were damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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