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Charred body found in burning I.E. field

February 24, 2010 12:49:45 AM PST
Firefighters responding to a fire discovered a burned body in the flames in Redlands Tuesday night.Authorities responded to the vegetation fire at Wabash Street and Reservoir Road at about 11:30 p.m., called in by a passing car. After firefighters put the fire out, the burned human remains were found.

"It's pretty badly burned," said Carl Baker from the city of Redlands.

Detectives were unable to start the investigation until the sun came up Wednesday morning. Although they are investigating it as a homicide, authorities admit they have no idea how the body got there.

Investigators have not yet identified the body, but said the remains appear to be a man.

The body was found in an area sparsely populated, and the land where the body was found is private property, set for development. The property has been vacant for years.

Anyone with information is urged to call Redlands Police at (909) 798-7681.