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Body Found In Burning Van In West Miami-Dade

WEST MIAMI-DADE (CBS4) – Miami-Dade homicide detectives are trying to figure out a murder mystery after a dead body was discovered in a burned out vehicle in West Miami-Dade.

According to investigators, police were called out to investigate a vehicle fire at 1200 NW 137th Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night due to a burning van inside a rock quarry at the Cemex Cement Plant.

Once Miami-Dade firefighters put the fire out, a body was found inside the burnt out remains of the van.

Detectives say the body was charred right down to the bones, which made it impossible for investigators to determine if the deceased was a man or a woman.

"It appears at this time that the body was located in the drivers' side of the vehicle," said Miami-Dade Police Det. Javier Baez. "How this person got there or how this occurred we still don't know."

Authorities hope the cement plant has surveillance video that will help them with their investigation because right now, they have no idea who the van belonged to or who the person was inside.

The Medical Examiner's office will try to determine the identity of the victim and the cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477.

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