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Police: Van woman was burned alive

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Police say an East Texas woman who was found dead in a burned car, was alive when someone set the fire.

Elizabeth Lightfoot, 22, of van was discovered in her burned-out car on Preston Road in Dallas.

Dallas police confirmed that Lightfoot died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by the fire. They say this was murder.

Bill Giles says he didn't want to believe his former student was found dead in her burning car.

"It's unbelievable. This was a perfect young lady and her life was taken so shortly,"Giles remarked, "Made me sick. I mean it's one of my kids because I had her for four years in school and it's somebody you love, love like your own and I just kept thinking this can't happen this is not true."

Giles is a guidance counselor at Van High School, where Elizabeth Lightfoot graduated in 2007.

Police say they are baffled by this case. Right now, there are no suspects or a motive.

Giles says Elizabeth didn't have an enemy.

"Elizabeth was the kind of person that just sort of lit the room up when she walked in. You instantly liked her. She was academically a really strong student and pretty much knew in life what she wanted to do. She followed her goals. She was a real goal setter and went after them at full strength ahead," says Giles.

At 22, Elizabeth already owned a hair salon in Dallas.

Her car and body were discovered in a ravine less than two miles from that salon.

Police say they're retracing her steps, searching surveillance video, hoping to find clues leading to a suspect, an arrest.

"I just hope it's done quickly for the family because I think healing will be a lot quicker when they find out the reasoning, what happened," says Giles.

Oak Farms is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and indictment.

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