Detectives Working to Identify Human Remains Found Inside Burning Car in Mackinac Co.

Michigan State Police detectives are trying to identify human remains found inside a burning vehicle along a road in Mackinac County.

Police say they found what they believe to be human remains in a burned car in Marquette Township

It happened just after 6 Tuesday morning on East Simmons Road near Hessel.

There are still a lot of unknowns in this investigation.

Right now police will only say that the cause of this person’s death and the cause of the fire are still undetermined.

Police say they arrived on scene after a motorist called in to report that they say a car on fire.

“Once the flames were extinguished, they looked inside, they found what they believed to be at that time human remains,” said Detective Sgt. Gary Demers with the Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post.

State police are now working to determine the identity of the person they found inside the car.

“Positive identify the remains that were found inside the vehicle, also we are trying to determine the cause and manner of the individuals death, as well as cause of the vehicle fire itself,” explained Demers.

There’s still a lot unknown.

East Simmons Road where the car was found is far from a busy road.

“About every hour a car will go by, but other than that traffic just does not exist and to see that many police go by,” said Bill Warren who lives down the road from the scene.

Bill Warren and Diane Foster live down the road and they say most of the traffic is local.

“We’d seen the vehicles go by but we didn’t know what it was about, and then somebody said a car was burned down up the road,” said Diane. “If it happened in the morning, like we heard it did, it was late afternoon that the time they came through here, 3, 4 o’clock.”

State police say they have sent the remains downstate for an autopsy and plan on using dental records to identify the person.

They also say ask anyone with any information about the incident to call them at 906-643-7582.

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