Body found near burned car

A body of a man was found Sunday morning next to a burned car in Pittsburgh’s Stanton Heights neighborhood, officials told WPXI.

When firefighters were called shortly after 6:30 a.m. for a fire, the source was found to be a car in a grassy area off Donson Way, which is a dead-end street. After putting out the fire, crews searched the remains of the car, as well as, the scene around the vehicle and discovered a dead body laying a few feet from the car, according to Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.

Gordan Johnson, 33, has been identified as the man by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death has not been officially determined.

Despite the obvious connections to how this man died, there’s still also tons of mystery to what caused the fire and if this was a homicide.

“He was in a vehicle that was set on fire and the body was found away from the vehicle, so there is still a lot of mystery here,” Toler said.

The burned car was a black Dodge Charge. Police are unsure who it belongs to.

This is being investigated by the Violent Crime Unit.

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