A body was found Thursday in the trunk of a burned vehicle in southwest Atlanta, police said.
Around 12:45 p.m., police were called to the Stonecreek Apartment complex at 3540 North Camp Creek Parkway near Stone Road.
“City workers were in the area inspecting some watershed storm drains,” Atlanta police homicide unit commander Capt. Paul Guerrucci said. “The identity of the vehicle and the victim are unknown based on the severity of deterioration.”
The death is being investigated as a homicide, Guerrucci said.
“Any time a vehicle is set on fire and it didn’t come from an engine or is burned so badly, we suspect foul play,” he said.
Guerrucci said it is too soon to determine the identification of the victim or how long the car and body had been at the gated-off road that begins at the foot of the driveway to a nearby apartment complex.
“The body is so badly burned it may take weeks or months” to identify, he said. “We know (the gate) is monitored and maintained by city workers and we will get those logs and try to determine when this vehicle was put there.”
Police are combing the burned-out car for its vehicle identification number to help determine who owns it, Guerrucci said.
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