SBI, Geneva County investigating body found in burned vehicle

SBI, Geneva County investigating body found in burned vehicle

GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - Law enforcement from multiple agencies are working to identify the body found in a burned vehicle on Highway 167 under the Choctawhatchee River bridge near Hartford.

Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms says the vehicle was burned to the point where investigators are having trouble getting a vin number off the vehicle. They’re looking into other ways to get that information and track the car to the owner.

“We have a vehicle that was completely burned, therefore we have no tag and that makes it hard for them to find the vin on that,” said Helms.

The burned car was discovered by fishermen who had been fishing in the area.

Investigators couldn’t go into detail about what was found at the scene, but believe foul play is involved. They don’t have a strong lead yet on a possible suspect. Helms says they’ll likely need to figure out who was in the car before the investigation can move forward.

“In cases like this you’re more following that lead, excluding that one, wiping that one off, going to the next one,” said Helms.

The victim’s body has been sent to Montgomery for an autopsy to hopefully determine the identity and get more information on how the victim died.

Although multiple agencies responded, the State Bureau of Investigation is taking the lead on the case.

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