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FILE: Woman's body found in burning car


SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - More information comes out Friday regarding the case of a person found in a burning car in Monroe County Tuesday morning.

A release by Sheriff Pete Quirin states that the State Crime Lab has determined that the victim was a woman.  DNA testing is underway in an attempt to identify her. As of Friday afternoon, the exact cause of her death hasn't been determined yet.

A passerby came across the burning car in the Town of Ridgeville north of Norwalk and called 911.  The person was able to get a license plate number before the car was consumed by the fire.  The vehicle, a 1998 2-door Pontiac Grand Prix belonged to a person in Minnesota.

Sheriff Quirin told WXOW on Thursday that authorities contacted the owner who hadn't reported it as stolen.

The car is at the Sheriff's Department impound facility where it was processed for evidence by Monroe County Sheriff's Department investigators and the State Department of Criminal Investigation.

Sheriff Quirin adds that investigators continue to follow up leads into the case.



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