Body Discovered in Burned Car That Is Partly Submerged in Irvine Creek

The creek is surrounded by a university, water plant and wildlife sanctuary

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    Police investigate the discovery of a body in a burned car that was partly submerged in an Irvine creek on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

    A body inside a burned car that was partly submerged in a creek was discovered Wednesday by a jogger near the University of California, Irvine, campus, police said.

    The body was found about 9:20 a.m. near Michelson Drive and Harvard Avenue when the jogger noticed the rear of the car sticking out from brush along the San Diego Creek, police said. When he took a closer look, he saw the body inside.

    It was unclear how the car ended up in the creek, but tire tracks could be seen leading up to Riparian View, which is a small access road to a nearby water plant and wildlife sanctuary.

    Police said their preliminary investigation indicated that the car had not been in a collision.

    Investigators were working to identify the body.

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