Body Found in Burning Car in Garden Grove; Death Deemed Suspicious by Investigators

The death of a person found inside a burning vehicle in a Garden Grove parking lot has been deemed suspicious by police Tuesday morning.

A body was found inside a burning vehicle in Garden Grove on Feb. 13, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

A body was found inside a burning vehicle in Garden Grove on Feb. 13, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Firefighters were called to the 9800 block of Garden Grove Boulevard about 3:30 a.m. on a report of a car engulfed in flames, Garden Grove Police Department Lt. Jeff Nightengale said.

"Once the Fire Department got the fire under control they noticed that there was a body in the vehicle," Nightengale said. An updated news release from police about the incident described the vehicle as being a 2005 Toyota Prius.

The victim was found in in the passenger seat of the car, according to the news release.

Fire officials called police department investigators, who have deemed the death suspicious because it appeared that the fire was deliberately set.

"At this point we're looking at all possibilities as to why this person was deceased inside the vehicle," Nightengale said.

The identification and gender of the person found inside the vehicle was unknown.

The car was found parked inside a regular space in a bank parking lot, Nightengale said. It was unclear how long the car had been there.

Investigators are searching the area for witnesses and will be checking local businesses for surveillance video.

Anyone with information about the incident can call detectives at 714- 741-5800.