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Human remains found in trunk of burning car may take longer to ID

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Updated: 6/17/2013 7:43 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The human remains found inside the trunk of a burning car in St. Johns County may take detectives weeks to identify.

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the remains are so badly burned they may need to go through dental records or extract DNA from the person's bones.

"We are waiting for the medical examiner's office to determine the identity of the victim," said Sergeant Catherine Payne.

Over the weekend, detectives made some progress on tracking down the vehicle's owner.

"We do have information as far as the vehicle's owner, that is something detectives are following up on to see if they can locate the owner or anybody who has been in contact with that individual," said Payne.

It is still not clear if the car's owner may have been the victim or if the vehicle is registered to more than one person. The burning car was located in a rural part of the area called Flagler Estates. It's not the first time St. Johns County detectives have been called out to this area. In April, investigators found Barbara Parchem's body in a wooded area in Flagler Estates.

"At this point in time, there doesn't appear to be a connection but those are leads we're still trying to work on," said Payne.

According to Payne, detectives are receiving leads but, in the event they dry up, they'll start digging through the missing persons database.

If you have any information that could help detectives in this case you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.

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