Body found in trunk of burning car in Northeast Philadelphia

June 28, 2013 5:02:25 AM PDT
Homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of a body in the trunk of a car that was on fire in Northeast Philadelphia Thursday morning.

Crime Scene investigators pored over the charred vehicle, that was discovered in Pennypack Park. Firefighters had been called just after 7:15 a.m. to put out a car fire right off a bike path near the 2300 block of Woodward Street.

Once the flames were out, firefighters discovered a body in the trunk. The medical examiner was called as were detectives and the crime scene unit.

Bill Zabielski, who works in the neighborhood, reacted by saying, "I was just shocked. I couldn't believe it. This is a good neighborhood, so I didn't expect that."

Joe Casacio, owner of the Evergreen Towers Apartments, located across the street, tells Action News, "Right where that happened typically there's hundreds of people that go past there every day."

Casacio explained you often see pedestrians and cyclists through this picturesque stretch of park. But stumbling across a crime scene - like he did - is rare.

"I looked down the hill, there was a burned out car and a bunch of officers around taking samples, I'd imagine, looking in the trash can," said Casacio.

Investigators say the victim's remains are burned beyond recognition.

Police remain at the scene.


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