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Investigation underway after 'charred remains' found in Copperas Cove vehicle fire

Posted at 11:17 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 12:17:18-04

COPPERAS COVE, TX — An investigation is underway after possible charred remains were found in a vehicle fire near U.S Highway 190 in Copperas Cove Thursday.

The Lampasas Sheriff's Office received a call from the Copperas Cove Police Department around 1:43 PM advising of a vehicle fire in the vicinity of the 2002 block of U.S. Highway 190.

A four door Ford pickup truck was located in a lower gravel pit behind a cement business and looked to be completely burned and extinguished, according to the Lampasas Sheriff's Office.

There appeared to be charred remains in the drivers seat.

A semi-automatic pistol was found in the driver's seat next to the remains, according to the Lampasas Sheriff's Office.

No positive identification of the remains or the vehicle could be made at the scene.

Copperas Cove Police , the Texas Rangers, and the Lampasas Police Department assisted the Lampasas Sheriff's Office with the processing of the crime scene and drone photography.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine if the remains were human and to determine a DNA identification.

The vehicle was secured for further processing.

"This investigation will continue to determine a positive identification of the remains and of the registered owner of the vehicle," the Lampasas Sheriff's Office said in a statement.