Body found at scene of grass fire

Body found at scene of grass fire

8 February 2006

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USA — Firefighters found a body while responding to a grass fire on the far West Side.

The body was discovered early Tuesday morning along U.S. 90 and Loop 1604, where a burned patch of grass remains.

An off-duty police officer on his way home saw the fire by the side of the road. He called the San Antonio Fire Department, and firefighters found the body when they extinguished the fire.

Police sources told KENS 5 that the human remains were possibly shot and then set on fire, however, that has not been officially confirmed by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The ME has taken control of the body to make an official identification. Because the body was burned beyond recognition, they will most likely use dental records to identify the remains.

Police are working another case that may possibly be connected to the discovery of the body.

An East Side man was kidnapped from his home in the 2300 block of Houston Street about 11 p.m. Monday.

Officers responded to a home invasion and robbery call at the home, and arrived to find a frantic woman and two children. The woman told police her husband was kidnapped by five men wearing bandanas and hoods. At least two of them had guns.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry at the home, so they think the man may have known who was coming into the house.

The wife said she woke and heard a man asking questions like, “Where are the drugs?” and “Where is the money?”

The woman told police that the men then took her husband at gunpoint, and left the house in a white pickup and her husband’s pewter 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, with the license plate number 5KT H86.

Officers are looking for a vehicle at the fire scene.

Officials have not said that the body is that of the kidnapped man. Police do believe that the two cases might be connected. 


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