Police investigate body found in burned car in Lebanon, Mo.

Published: Mar. 19, 2023 at 10:35 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 20, 2023 at 4:28 PM CDT
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LEBANON, Mo. (KY3) - The Lebanon Police Department is investigating after fire crews discovered a body in a burning car early Sunday morning.

According to a news release, around 2:20 a.m., crews with the Lebanon Fire Department were putting out a car fire in the parking lot at 1140 Millcreek Road, where a Budget Inn hotel is located.

When Lebanon police officers arrived, a white man was found dead inside the car. Police are working with the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office and are investigating the fire as a suspicious death pending an autopsy.

People who live in the area call it a quiet place. Helen Cochrane says she wasn’t surprised to hear the location.

“I had just kind of read it this morning has seen. I mean, it wasn’t too shocking or too surprising the way you know how it’s been over there. There’s been a lot of things happening. They were a thing in the past,” said Cochrane.

She says a lot of people are not happy with having the building in the area.

“It’s just right now. It looks so rundown. We just think it affects our neighborhood. It would be so nice to have it gone,” said Cochrane.

Police do not know the identity of the remains. If anyone has information regarding this event, please get in touch with the Lebanon Police Department at (417) 532-3131.

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