Update: Body found in burned vehicle near Ellsworth identified

| February 17, 2013
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Feb. 18, 2013

A body found in a burned out vehicle in far western Wisconsin was identified Monday as 46-year-old Jeffrey Matthews of Hager City. Pierce County sheriff’s officials said there was no evidence of foul play.

Investigators believe Matthews was driving his car on his parent’s property and got stuck in a snow bank when he tried to turn the vehicle around. Relatives said Matthews would have stayed in his vehicle overnight with temperatures in the teens. At some point, a fire started in the engine and Matthews never got out.

Authorities were called to the site on Saturday morning and found Matthews dead in the vehicle.

Brian Winnekins, WRDN

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Feb. 17, 2013

ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) — Western Wisconsin sheriff’s officials are investigating the death of a person whose remains were found in a burned vehicle.

According to a Pierce County sheriff’s department statement, someone reported finding a burned vehicle in the Town of Trenton, about five miles from Ellsworth, at 8:20 a.m. Saturday.

The department says deputies found the vehicle in a farm yard where no one lived. They checked the interior and found human remains.

The vehicle was not on fire when officers found it.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office in Minnesota is expected to perform an autopsy and try to determine the person’s identity.

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