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Body Found In Burning Car

The Modesto Police Department is investigating an early morning fire in a vehicle that was found to contain a body.

Witnesses called 911 at about 3:06 a.m. and reported a vehicle on fire in the Taco Bell parking lot at Kansas and Carpenter Roads. Responding firefighters from the Modesto Fire Department put out the fire and found a body in the front driver€™s seat of the vehicle. Modesto Fire officials contacted the Modesto Police Department to report the body at 3:17 a.m.

Investigators from the Modesto Police Department Crimes Against Persons Unit and the Modesto Fire Department are investigating the crime scene and are interviewing witnesses and employees in the area. According to investigators, the death appears to be accidental.

Detectives have a tentative identification, however will have to confirm the identification and notify relatives before any victim information is released.