Firefighters find body in burning car

Friday, January 7, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:33 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Authorities found a body Friday afternoon when they responded to a call of a burning car inside a campus parking garage.

[Update: According to a statement from MU police, the victim was Jeong H. Im, 72, of Columbia. He had been found the in the vehicle's trunk. Im apparently died from a stab wound in the chest. ]

Shortly before 12:30 p.m., the Columbia Fire Department responded to a report of a burning car on the third level of the Maryland Avenue Parking Garage. Once firefighters extinguished the blaze, they found a body inside the car. Authorities did not release any details about gender or race of the victim.

MU Police Department Captain Brian Weimer said a cause-of-death investigation is under way.

Fire Marshal Steve Sapp said firefighters discovered a minor fire, which they were able to control using only a fire extinguisher. Sapp said the car was a white compact, but did not know the specific make or model.

Columbia Fire Department, Columbia Police and MU Police are collaborating on the investigation.

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