Corpse found in burning car

October 05, 2001|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

For the second time in five days, city firefighters have found a corpse in the trunk of a burning car in West Baltimore, the latest one turning up yesterday evening in the 1300 block of N. Hilton St.

The car in each instance was a 1997 Infiniti Q45, said homicide Detective Marvin Sydnor. "We don't know the significance of that," he said.

About 6:10 p.m. yesterday, firefighters found the body of a man in his early 20s who had been shot several times. His name was withheld pending notification of relatives.

The owner of the car told police he had not lent the car to anyone and was not aware that it had been stolen, police said.

In the earlier incident, about 5 a.m. Sunday in the 2500 block of Winchester Ave., the car and the body had been set on fire. In yesterday's incident, only the vehicle was burned, and the flames did not reach the trunk, police said.

The cause of death in the first case has not been divulged, and police said they have not confirmed the man's identity. He is thought to have borrowed the car from its owner and to have been dead before the fire was started with a flammable fluid, said Detective Mike Glenn.

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