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Burned body found in car in the Big Thicket



BIG THICKET — Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain said Friday investigators with his department and the Texas Rangers continue to work to indentify a body found in a burned car in a very remote area in the northwest corner of Hardin County. The location of the car was found Wednesday afternoon off of FM 2686 outside of Liberty County near the area where Polk, Liberty and Hardin counties meet. Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Hammack, PCSO investigators and Livingston-based Texas Ranger Ron Duff also responded to until officials determined the crime scene was in Hardin County. Cain said an autopsy was performed Friday morning and the first priority is to identify the victim. Investigators were also working to locate the car owner and pursue any information leading to the victim and the killer. Cain believes the fire occurred about a week ago when the ground surrounding the burnt vehicle was still wet. The body was found in the trunk of the car. “It didn’t start a forest fire, but if it had, when we went out there to fight the fire we would have found the body earlier,” Cain said. “Maybe that would have helped.” Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office at 409- 246-3441 or Hardin County Crime Stoppers at 409-724- TIPS.


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