A body of a man was found in the trunk of a burning car Monday in Panorama City.
A call of a car fire near Terra Bella St. and Vena Ave. came in around 10:20 p.m. to the Los Angeles City fire department, said officials.
After firefighters responded and put out the burning car, they discovered the body of a man inside the trunk The burning car was an Audi A4.
The identity of the man wasn’t readily available, but officials said he appeared between 25 and 35 years old. The cause of his death is still under investigation. The coroner is working on identifying the man and his cause of death.
“We’ll have to wait for the coroner’s conclusion to find out, but the murder does show signs of gang or narcotics influence,” said Lt. Paul Vernon in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.
“The fire fully engulfed the passenger compartment, but never made it to the trunk,” Lt. Vernon said.
The death appears to be gang-related and homicide detectives have taken over the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.
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Source: CBS Los Angeles