Burning Car Put Out; Body Discovered Inside Hours Later at Police Impound Yard

The burning car was put out by firefighters Saturday afternoon. The charred remains of the victim were discovered Saturday night.

By Robert Henry
|  Sunday, Apr 1, 2012  |  Updated 8:07 AM PDT
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Body Found in Burned Car

Burned out car which was towed to an LAPD impound yard where a badly charred body was found inside Saturday night.

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LAPD officials are investigating a grisly death in Tujunga today, which went undetected for several hours.

Los Angeles firefighters put out a burning car in the 6000 block of Sister Elsie Drive in Tujunga at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Police then had the vehicle towed to their impound yard at Black and White Inc. Towing in Pacoima on San Fernando Road.

An investigator checked out the burned vehicle at around 9 p.m. and made a grim discovery. There was a badly charred body inside.

“It wasn’t apparent to the firefighters and the police officers who impounded the vehicle that there was a body in the car,” said LAPD Detective Pat Barron. “Once it (the car) came back to the tow yard, it (the body) was discovered at the tow yard."

Firefighters dismantled the car at 11 p.m. so the remains could be recovered.

The body was unrecognizable and the victim will have to be identified by coroner’s officials, said police.

An investigation is now underway into the cause of death of the victim, and also how  officers and firefighters missed discovering the body at the scene, said authorities.

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