Man found dead inside trunk of burning car

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Posted on May 23, 2011 at 4:01 AM

Updated Monday, May 23 at 10:06 PM

5600 block of St. Louis Ave.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside the trunk of a burning car.

Officers say they found the victim around 11 p.m. Sunday inside a car on the 5600 block of St. Louis Ave. behind a vacant house. Neighbors say they spotted the burning car around 11 p.m. Sunday night.

Police say the victim is a man from East St. Louis.

East St. Louis has handled more than 50 calls for burning vehicles in just five months.

Fire officials say such incidents are so prevalent that they actually have a protocol to check the trunks and back seats of burning cars for victims, or evidence of a crime.

This is the second body found inside a burning car in just three days. On Friday, 85-year-old Yoko Cullen was found dead after she was carjacked in East St. Louis last Wednesday.

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