Two ‘badly burned’ bodies found in backseat of car in East Cleveland

October 10, 2018

Two ‘badly burned’ bodies found in backseat of car in East Cleveland

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — East Cleveland police on Wednesday discovered two badly burned bodies in the backseat of a car abandoned on a vacant lot.

The East Cleveland police received a call about 9:30 a.m. for a report of a car on fire in the lot in the 14000 block of Savannah Avenue, East Cleveland police Commander Scott Gardner said. Officers found the silver newer model Buick with New York license plates ablaze.

Firefighters doused the blaze and discovered the two bodies that were burned beyond immediate identification.

Gardner said the deaths are being investigated as a homicide.

Police are not sure whether the fire killed the two people, or if they were killed before the fire was set.

Investigators said the car was rented Sept. 30 from a Rocky River company to a man who lives in Bedford, Gardner said.

No one has made contact with the man, police said. 

The car has not been reported stolen or late returned.

The incident remains under investigation. The Ohio Fire Marshall, Bureau of Investigation and Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office are assisting East Cleveland police in the investigation.

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