Woman was shot before being found in burning car in DeKalb, cops say

DeKalb County homicide investigators are handling the case. (John Spink/AJC file)

Credit: Photo: John Spink/AJC.com

Credit: Photo: John Spink/AJC.com

DeKalb County homicide investigators are handling the case. (John Spink/AJC file)

DeKalb County police believe a woman was shot in the head before her body was burned in a minivan Friday night, officials said.

Police department spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer said Monday afternoon that the woman’s death is being investigated as a homicide. Her identity and age have not been released.

Crews were called to the scene of a vehicle fire late Friday night in the 4200 block of Riverlake Way, the report states. After the blaze was put out, firefighters spotted the woman’s body in the front passenger seat of the white 2005 Dodge Caravan.


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Investigators were initially unable to even determine the victim’s gender due to the burns from the fire. A parking sticker for Georgia College was on the back of the minivan, according to the report. Police were able to use the vehicle’s license plate to find the name of the registered owner.

The investigation is ongoing and police have not announced any arrests in connection with the homicide.

Police previously said that the DeKalb medical examiner’s office was working to determine a cause and manner of death.

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