Washington Park firefighters find charred body inside trunk of car

News DemocratOctober 20, 2013 

Washington Park firefighters found the remains of a body in the trunk of a vehicle Saturday night after they put out the fire to the car.

It is not immediately known whether the body is that of a male or female or what the person's racial identity is because the body was so badly burned, Assistant Police Chief James Mister said.

The 911 call initially came in as a car fire. It wasn't until the fire had been put out that the remains of the charred body inside the car's trunk was found, Mister said.

A neighbor saw the car burning and called 911, he said.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Dave Wasmuth said the call went in to dispatchers shortly before 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The vehicle, which was so badly burned that police could not determine its make or model, was parked in the 1000 block of 43rd Street, south of Bunkhum, Wasmuth said.

Police believe the car could be a Pontiac, but due to extensive fire damage that is just a guess, he said.

After the fire had been extinguished, Mister said one of the firemen noticed, through a tail light on the car, something that appeared to be a bone.

"He forced the trunk open and found the remains of the body," Mister said.

Anyone with any information on this homicide is urged to call Washington Park police at 874-0115 or Illinois State Police at 346-3990 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.

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