Los Angeles County coroner's officials said Wednesday the body recovered from a fiery, single-car crash in Hollywood that apparently killed journalist Michael Hastings will likely undergo an autopsy Thursday.
But an official cause of death and closure of the case is not likely for four to six weeks or perhaps longer, they said.
Coroner's officials are hoping the results will answer why the accident happened. Officials were attempting to match dental records to help make a positive identification.
The death of the 33-year-old Hastings was announced Tuesday by his employer, BuzzFeed, which said he died in a Los Angeles car accident.
The body was "unrecognizable" and badly charred, police told the Los Angeles Times. The body is identified only as "John Doe 117."
The crash occurred early Tuesday on Highland Avenue. Police said a vehicle was southbound on Highland about 4:20 a.m. when it lost control south of Melrose Avenue and smashed into a tree.
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In a 2010 interview with the L.A. Times, Hastings said he admired "writers who live their lives with integrity and without compromise." He even identified McChrystal as a kindred spirit, someone who also liked to stick it to "The Man."