Burned body discovered in orchard

Burned body discovered in orchard

CHICO, Calif. - Butte County detectives are investigating a body that was found in a burned SUV early Wednesday morning in Chico.

The SUV was discovered in an orchard off Dayton Road near Marian Avenue.

Many questions remain but the Butte County Sheriff's Office said it could be foul play.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating it as a possible homicide.

"Any death that is not cut and dry as a natural death is going to be investigated as a homicide unless the facts dictate otherwise," said Sergeant Jason Hail with the Butte County Sheriff's Office. "That's how we are handling this one."

The SUV was parked in an orchard across the intersection of Dayton Road and Marian Avenue. The Sheriff's Office is having a tough time figuring out who was inside because the body was so badly burned.

They found the owners of the SUV and contacted them for more leads.

"Basically try to identify and try to get a timeline who was associated with that vehicle," said Hail.

Investigators discovered the owners were from Chico but not near where the SUV was located.

"It's too early to tell," said Hail. "We are digging into it and trying to figure it all out."

The Sheriff's Office doesn't believe there's any connection to the burned body of 21-year-old Marat Mageev that was found in Glenn County two weeks ago.

Investigators expect to have more answers by next week.

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