Two bodies were found inside a burning rental car behind a home over the weekend in Crawford County. And state investigators on Monday said they are still trying to identify the bodies and confirm the cause of the two people’s deaths.
About 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy was responding to an unrelated incident when he saw smoke and discovered the vehicle on fire in a wooded area behind an unoccupied farmhouse at 4901 Marshall Mill Road, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. It’s unclear who owned the home, which dates back to Civil War.
The deputy reported the fire and the Crawford County Fire Department responded to extinguish the flames. That’s when they discovered the two burned bodies in the back seat, the GBI said in a news release.
After discovering the two bodies, the GBI was called to the scene to investigate and complete a crime scene examination.
The burned vehicle, a 2015 Kia Soul, had been rented from the Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Warner Robins, the GBI said. Agents spent much of Monday tracking down leads and talking to the man who rented the car, according to The Macon Telegraph. The man reportedly loaned the car to several people and agents were trying to track them all down, said J.T. Ricketson, the agent in charge of the GBI’s Perry field office, the paper reported.
Investigators are treating the case as an unknown death until they have more information about how the two died and why. It’s also unclear what caused the fire to the car, which was found 100 yards behind the home at the edge of a forest, just west of Marshall Mill.
The vehicle “was actually driven into the wood line,” Crawford County Sheriff Lewis Walker said Monday, according to the news report. Walker said he didn’t believe the property owner was involved in the incident. He said it appears the place may just have been chosen because it’s a secluded.
“We’re still fresh into the investigation,” Walker told the newspaper. “We’re trying now to go with some leads we do have and determine what we are dealing with. … When we can release a little bit more, we will.”
GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Macon is expected to perform autopsies on the bodies to determine the cause of death as well as whether the two people were alive before the fire started. Still, it will likely be Wednesday before the lab can do the autopsies because of a backlog, the Telegraph reported.
Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to contact the GBI in Perry at (478)-987-4545 or the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 836-3116.