EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV) -- East St. Louis police officers responding to a report of a man slumped over the wheel of a van found the vehicle ablaze when they arrived.
Firefighters who were called to the scene extinguished the flames around 4:30 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of 25th and Natalie streets.
Authorities found a badly burned body inside the van. Its gender could not be immediately determined.
East St. Louis Police Chief Lenzie Stewart said the death is categorized as suspicious, but detectives are talking with a person who might know something about the incident.
Authorities asked anyone with information to call Illinois State Police at 618-346-3765 or East St. Louis police at 618-482-6868.