Montgomery County Police have released some new information about the body which was found in a burning car on Wisteria Drive in the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday, March 14.
According to police, investigators have determined that the decedent is an adult female. However, police are still not releasing any other details about the incident. “The findings of the autopsy, to include the decedent’s identity and manner and cause of death, are pending,” said an MCPD release.
The body was found when Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service units were called to what appeared to be a brush fire in a wooded area located in the 13700 block of Wisteria Drive across the street from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School at 4:22 am on Wednesday morning.
Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the wooded area and located a vehicle on fire. Fire & Rescue personnel extinguished the fire and located a deceased woman in the vehicle. Major Crimes detectives responded to the scene and are investigating this death, according to MCPD spokesperson Rebecca Innocenti. Police have not ruled this death a homicide.
The vehicle was located on a service road used to gain access to the CSX railroad tracks which run parallel with Wisteria Drive in that area. The burned vehicle was sitting on the access road low portion of the ravine.
MCPD Major Crimes is investigating the death, and the FEI office is handling the vehicle fire portion of the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this death is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.
Top: Investigators gather at the top of the ravine to discuss the body of an adult female found in a burned vehicle off Wisteria Drive in Germantown.
Next: Police and fire investigators worked the scene for about eight hours on Wednesday, March 14 after it was initially reported as a brush fire at 4:22 am.
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