Authorities: Corpse in burned car apparent suicide |

Authorities: Corpse in burned car apparent suicide

The body of a 76-year-old Kings Beach man was found in a burning car Thursday night, which authorities say is an apparent suicide.

“The exact cause of death is still pending on the toxicology report,” said Lt. John Addoms of the Placer County Sheriff’s office. “Preliminary investigations indicate an apparent suicide, based on the flammable liquid found inside the car.”

Tests are being done on the liquid to determine what was used, but bomb technicians indicated that no “high explosives were used,” according to Addoms. The liquid is consistent with gasoline, Addoms said.

Deputies responded to a car fire at 9:45 p.m. Thursday behind the Rite Aid in Kings Beach. When they arrived, the car was fully engulfed, according to Sgt. Bill Langton. The North Tahoe Fire District arrived within a couple of minutes and extinguished the blaze.

The body was found in the driver’s seat and deputies ran the license plate on the Oldsmobile. The vehicle’s exterior was not badly burnt, but the inside of the vehicle was, Langton said.

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