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ZILWAUKEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Authorities say they’re investigating the suspicious death of a person whose charred remains were found in the back seat of a burning car on the banks of the Saginaw River.

WSGW-AM and The Saginaw News say authorities discovered the body about 4 a.m. Monday in Saginaw County’s Zilwaukee Township. The site is about 10 miles north-northeast of Saginaw.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Pfau says it’s hard to tell how the victim died because the body is so badly burned. He says an autopsy Tuesday should provide more information.

Sheriff William Federspiel says reasons for suspicion include the lack of skid marks or crash damage to the bumper of the Cadillac DeVille.

Authorities aren’t saying if the dead person was male or female. Investigators have spoken with the vehicle’s owner.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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