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Police found 52-year-old Joseph Hults dead in a burned-out car. (Family photo) Police found 52-year-old Joseph Hults dead in a burned-out car. (Family photo)
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Police are looking to see if the suspect in the shooting of a south St. Louis police officer is also connected to the death of a man who was found fatally shot inside a burning car.

Authorities responded to the scene of the fire in the 500 block of West Poepping Street in south St. Louis Saturday. Police found 52-year-old Joseph Hults dead at the scene. He sustained a gunshot wound to the head. 

"We came home and my granddaughter saw the tape line up, and then I went to the back of the alley to find out what was going on because I live here," said Marguerite Boyer, a resident in the area. 

Hults' family told News 4 he was shot at a different location and his body was wrapped in a blanket. The van was then driven to the 500 block of west Poepping where it was set on fire. The family believes Hults was randomly targeted.

"He always picked up the phone when I called, when I was sad or mad of anything. He could always put me in a better mood," said his daughter Holly Hults.

Investigators say the van belongs to a locksmith company, but the owner of the company said he noticed his van went missing around 5:40 a.m.

At this time, there is no further information regarding a suspect or suspects but police are looking to see if George Bush III, who allegedly ambushed a police officer in south St. Louis, is connected to Hults' death.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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