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Firefighters discover body inside burned car in Westminster

Authorities launched a homicide investigation early Wednesday after a man’s body was discovered in the trunk area of a burned car in an industrial complex in Westminster.

Authorities launched a homicide investigation early Wednesday after a man’s body was discovered inside a burned car in an industrial complex in Westminster.

Orange County Fire Authority and Westminster police were called to a parking lot in the 6400 block of Industry Way shortly before 3 a.m. because a Honda Civic was on fire, police told reporters at the scene.

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After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they discovered the body between the trunk and the back seat, said Cmdr. Cameron Knauerhaze.

“Homicide investigators are canvassing the area for witnesses and other evidence,” Knauerhaze said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Westminster Police Department’s detective bureau at (714) 898-3315 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) 847-6227.

6:55 a.m.: This article was updated with news that a homicide investigation has been launched.

This article was originally published at 6:15 a.m.

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