May 30, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Two men found burning in Detroit died from gunshot

Detroit — Two victims who authorities discovered this week on fire in separate incidents both apparently died from gunshot wounds to the heads, according to Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.

In the more recent incident, police were called at 11 p.m. Wednesday to a house near Log Cabin and the Lodge Service Drive and found a bodyset ablaze, said Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Moreno.

“When officers arrived the body was still burning,” Moreno said. “The Fire Department did extinguish the body.”

Investigators noticed two bullet wounds to the man’s head. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the victim, who remained unidentified Friday morning, died from the gun shot wounds, spokeswoman Mary Mazur said.

It’s unclear if the body was dumped or the victim was shot at the scene, Moreno said.

Less than 48 hours earlier, fire crews were dispatched at 12:07 a.m. Tuesday to the 13900 block of Fleming, near Victoria, for a vehicle fire. Inside the driver’s seat, they found a corpse burned beyond recognition. Police initially reported that the body was found in the trunk.

The vehicle was towed to Medical Examiner’s Office with the victim still inside, most likely to preserve evidence, after which investigators determined the man died from a gunshot wound to the head, Mazur said.

The victim, who had severe burns that left muscle and bone exposed, is still unidentified.

Both have been ruled homicides. The Medical Examiner’s Office is attempting to lift fingerprints or match dental records to identify the two victims.

Police are not connecting the homicides, Moreno said.

“At this time no correlation between the two from the information given to us,” she said.

Both cases remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Bureau at (313) 596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK-UP.

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