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Authorities: Body in burned car unidentifiable, investigation ongoing

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(Source: Smith County Sheriff's Department) (Source: Smith County Sheriff's Department)
A viewer submitted photo of the car burning at 5:35 a.m. A viewer submitted photo of the car burning at 5:35 a.m.
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

According to the Smith County Sheriff's Department, a body was found in a burned car on County Road 3101, which is Barber Road, in Smith County. The body was found inside the passenger compartment of the car, a small four-door vehicle.

Around 6 a.m., a 911 call was made alerting authorities to a car fire on Barber Road. The fire was almost extinguished when Jackson Heights firefighters responded. Human remains were later discovered in the vehicle. The victim has not been positively identified and detectives say it will be several days as they interview people and try to determine what happened. A crime scene unit and the state fire marshal arrived to help process the vehicle and see what the ignition source of the fire was.

Authorities say there was no body damage to the car, aside from the fire and are investigating the incident as a possible homicide. 

The vehicle's registration links the car to a county in the northern part of Texas, although there is a family tie to Smith County in the registration.

An autopsy has been ordered and authorities are unsure if the victim is a male or female, as the body was exposed to extreme heat for a long duration. DNA and other information collected from the remains andthe scene will be used to help make an identification of the individual. Officials are going to obtain DNA from family members of the potential victim to try to find a match.

We will have more details as they become available.

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