FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Firefighters in Fort Worth make a bizarre discovery after putting out a car fire.
Just after 2 a.m. rescuers were called out to a fire in Eugene McCray Park, near Lake Arlington.
It didn’t take long for firefighters to realize this was no routine car fire.
“Firefighters found a vehicle burning at that location and extinguished the flames,” explained Tim Hardeman, with the Fort Worth Fire Department. “They examined the vehicle and opened the trunk, and when they opened the trunk they found a burned body inside.”
Fort Worth police are also looking into the death of the unidentified male. “The homicide detectives will be investigating the death,” said Hardeman.
Officials don’t believe that the car fire was an accident. “Our investigators did determine that the fire was intentionally set,” Hardeman said of the preliminary findings. “The elements of the offense of arson of a vehicle were present.”
Investigators are still working to try and determine the identity of the victim and are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers. Hardeman reassured that tipsters can “provide information anonymously.”
Crime Stoppers tips can be called in to (817) 469-TIPS (8477), left on the Crime Stoppers website, or sent in a text. The text should be sent to CRIMES (274637), with the message beginning with “tip117”, plus your tip.