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Body found in burned vehicle believed to be missing elderly woman

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Betty Short, 85, was last seen driving her car on Illinois Route 16 in Jerseyville Wednesday morning. Credit: Greene County Sheriff's Office Betty Short, 85, was last seen driving her car on Illinois Route 16 in Jerseyville Wednesday morning. Credit: Greene County Sheriff's Office

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A body was found in a burned car in rural Jersey County, and police believe it is a woman who was reported missing earlier in the week.

The Greene County Sheriff's Office said they believe the body inside the car is Betty Short. Short was last seen Wednesday, February 8 driving her 2008 Impala in Jerseyville, Illinois. Short, 85, is from Carrollton, in Greene County.

Police said the car was found in a patch of tall grass in a ditch at the end of Phils Creek Road. Jersey County Sheriff John Wimmersberg told News 4 he believes the car became stuck and somehow the grass in the area of the car caught fire. The fire then spread to the vehicle, and the person inside was not able to make it out.

The burned-out vehicle matched the description of Short's car, but police are waiting on autopsy results to be performed to officially identify the remains.

The Illinois Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire, but authorities believe the tires spinning or the car's engine are likely to blame. There was no sign of foul play at the scene, according to police.

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