Police find burned body on west side

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police are investigating a suspected homicide on the city's west side Tuesday morning after a body was found inside a burning fire.

It was about 3:30 a.m. when a Detroit Police Department scout car patrolling 23rd Street, between Selden and Poplar, observed a fire. That's north of MLK Boulevard and west of Interstate 96.

After the fire was extinguished, a body was observed, and at this point police don't know if the victim is a man or a woman. The circumstances of the fire are also unknown.

The body was found in a field, said Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner of the Detroit Fire Department. When firefighters arrived, the body was "the only thing burning" in the field.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner will work to identify the victim and determine an official cause of death.