Man found dead in car that was set on fire

October 01, 2001|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

The badly burned body of an unidentified man was found early yesterday in the trunk of a car that had been set ablaze behind a West Baltimore apartment complex, in what homicide detectives described as an arson homicide.

Detective Carol Opher said firefighters responding to a 911 call about 5:10 a.m. of a car fire found and quickly extinguished the vehicle blaze in the rear parking lot of the Winchester Apartments in the 2400 block of Winchester St.

"The car was ...burned as bad as a car can be burned," Opher said.

She said that when firefighters opened the trunk, they found the body lying on its left side, adding that it appeared to have been doused with a flammable liquid and set ablaze.

She said the car had been parked between two apartment buildings. "No one reported seeing the car set on fire," she said.

The car's owner - a 30-year-old man - was identified through the license tags and is being sought. Police said the owner's description did not appear to fit that of the dead man and that the car had not been reported stolen.

Anyone with information was asked to call 410-396-2100.

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