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Pontiac – A fund has been set up for the family of Norman Cotten Jr., whose body was found inside a burned car behind a closed elementary school this week.

"Their lives have been thrown into tearful disarray and now is the time that they need our love and support the most!" the GoFundMe account says.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office identified Cotten's body Thursday. Police said the death remains under investigation.  

Cotten, 54, a chiropractor from Howell, was found inside his burning 2008 Cadillac behind the closed Webster Elementary School in Pontiac about 9:52 a.m. Monday. The preliminary cause of death was ruled thermal burns along with smoke and soot inhalation.

An autopsy found no signs of trauma on Cotten but a box cutter was located melted to his right thigh area with the blade open. 

Cotten was identified Wednesday by the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office through dental records. Identification, credit cards and a money clip were found in the his back pocket.

Waterford Township firefighters put out the car fire and found the body inside in the front seat.

Two gas cans were found inside the car in the trunk and backseat. Cotten’s wife said two gas cans were missing from the house and her husband left abruptly Monday morning without his cellular phone.

Cotten had offices in Fowlerville and Commerce Township.

The account to raise money for the family said Nancy Cotten and her three children have lost a husband and father who provided the family's "financial and physical strength."

He "loved to spend his free time with his family. "He loved to golf, play cornhole, darts, and watch sports. Norm was loved by so many people in his community and will be greatly missed." 

His youngest son has muscular dystrophy, and renovations are needed to make the home accessible for the son, who uses a wheelchair, the memorial fund said.

"Norm was the physical strength that provided accessibility to most of his youngest son's everyday needs, especially transferring him in and out of the shower and lifting him in and out of vehicles for frequent doctor’s visits necessary for his medical care," it said. 

Anyone who may have seen Cotten between 7:15 and 9:52 a.m. Monday or his car, a red 2008 Cadillac CTS, license plate STORM24, are asked to call investigators at (248) 858-4911.

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