Body found in burned car; ID sought in ‘suspicious’ death

FROM STAFF REPORTS

BURNET — Investigators are working to identify a body found in a vehicle that burned in the Lake Victor area June 20 as they also try to determine what happened.

“Anytime there are unanswered questions surrounding a death, the investigation remains as ‘suspicious’ until investigators can determine the actual events,” Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith said.

Burnet County deputies along with fire and EMS crews responded to a passerby’s report of a car fire in the 3800 block of CR 202 in the Lake Victor area at about 8 p.m. June 20. Upon arrival, first responders found the vehicle fully engulfed in flames, according to a Burnet County Sheriff’s Office media release.

Once the fire was out, investigators found a body inside the vehicle. Deputies and other law enforcement agencies are trying to determine the identity of the body, but they believe it is a male, officials said.

The body was transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

“The State Fire Marshal’s Office and Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation,” said BCSO Chief Deputy Joey Canady. “The additional resources and specialized investigative experience that these agencies can provide are invaluable to the sheriff’s office.”

Anyone with information regarding the fire may contact the BCSO at (512) 756-8080 or the Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-8477. Tips can also be made through the HCACS website at hillcountryareacrimestoppers.com. All tips are made anonymous through the HCACS and can be eligible for a cash reward.

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