Detroit firefighters made a gruesome discovery after extinguishing a car fire outside of an abandoned Detroit school shortly after midnight Thursday morning.
When firefighters opened the scorched trunk at Carstens Elementary School at Charlevoix & Coplin on the east side, they found a body.
The victim, a man, was the sixth murder victim discovered by firefighters in about two months.
Firefighters were called to the scene shortly before midnight after receiving a report that the school was on fire. Instead they found a burning car, which is relatively common in Detroit. Firefighters have extinguished an average of five car fires this year, according to our analysis of fire runs.
Most firefighters left the scene when the discovery was made but were called back with police, an arson investigator and ambulance.
On May 27, police found a burned body stuffed into a trunk of a car that was set afire. A month later, firefighters found a scorched body inside a burned semi-trunk.
But authorities believe many more people are killed during fires but their bodies are never found.
Police are investigating all of the cases.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.