Firefighters find body in trunk of burned car outside Detroit school

Carstens Elementary School

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.

In January, firefighters found a deceased baby on the 19300 block of Keating. Firefighters also found a headless, badly burned body inside an abandoned school on Detroit’s west side in November.

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

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.

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  • arthur567

    You mean 5 car fires “a day?”

  • Josh

    “Firefighters have extinguished an average of five car fires this year, according to our analysis of fire runs.”

    This sentence is confusing. How do you take an average of something over one year? That would be like me saying I have eaten an average of two meals today. An average, as you are presenting it, happens over time. So, are you saying that the DFD puts out an average of five car fires a year, or that they have put out five car fires so far this year?

    Also, how did you perform your analysis?

    • Kim Lund

      thank you this is so misleading, but what isn’t in the news

  • angel grimes

    The black preacher mafia who holds detroit hostage has failed beyond all belief. so they remain shut up.

  • bebow

    I can’t stop wondering what the —- we need to see here before an unignorable demand for action takes place. Notice the silence from downtown and Midtown? The level of depravity on display from all quarters of this city is amazing and the silence and inaction are well beyond that amazing point. The so-called “cultural problem” has infected everyone. Everyone. No one sane looks at this day after day and keeps stepping like nothing just happened. Mayor? City Council? Police Chief? Business Leaders? Reverends? Hangers-on of all stripes? Does this look like normal to you? You all get no pass. You’re as much a part of the problem as the walking dead among us, who won’t even let children sleep in their own beds without the risk of attack anymore. There are no excuses.

    • Dust Buster

      bam…..right out of the park