A body was found in the trunk of a burned-out car in San Diego’s East County early Thursday officials confirmed.
The driver of a passing vehicle called 911 after seeing car fire along Skyline Truck Trail east of Jamul around 4:30 a.m.
As they were fighting the flames, they discovered a body in the trunk of the four-door sedan parked in front of a home.
San Diego County sheriff's homicide investigators and the bomb/arson team are at the scene and estimate the area will be closed off for five to six hours.
The victim was so badly burned that at this point their gender has not been determined.
“Because of the suspicious nature of the event that it was a fully engulfed vehicle and the charred remains of a human inside the vehicle, it does not appear to be the result of a vehicle accident," Capt. Duncan Fraser said.
Investigators say it appears the homicide has no connection to the nearby home.