St. Petersburg authorities are investigating a tragic finding they made when they located an extremely burned vehicle left on a pedestrian-bike trail on Monday.
A human body was burned beyond recognition inside the car trunk that was on fire behind a Florida golf course.
The vehicle’s model was also unspecified due to it being damaged from flames. The fire was reported to police at around 6 a.m. by a bicyclist using the elevated Skyway Trail section.
“We know the body in the trunk did not drive itself there,” St. Petersburg Police said. “Someone drove that person to that location and set that car on fire.”
“We know that. We’re hoping someone else in the area saw something. Maybe around 6 a.m., there were a few other people on the trail that saw something or saw someone suspicious.”
Detectives described the incident as “a very deliberate act against this one person” but the investigation has just begun.
“However, we still have a lot of information to uncover here,” officials said. “We’re very early in this investigation and it’s going to be a while until we get all the results we can from the medical examiner and our forensics team to determine what happened.”