SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The Clark County Coroner identified the body found in a burned car last week in a Springfield park.
The Coroner said Monday the body is that of 51-year-old Gary Ray Moore from Springfield.
Thursday, Springfield Police say the body found in a car in a Springfield park was burned so badly that they could not identify the gender or age.
The car was found on fire at Sherman Avenue Park in Springfield. A call came into 911 dispatchers at 4:20 am Thursday reporting a car on fire. Police have confirmed the Clark County Coroner was called to the scene.
Police say they do not know who owns the car.
The license plates found on the SUV had expired last year and are registered to a different car.
The registered owner of the plates told police she had sold that car, last year.
Firefighters put out the flames and found a body in the back seat. Both the car and the body were burned badly.
Police believe the fire is arson.
Jennifer Ahmad lives right across the street from the park. She said the area is usually quite.
“This doesn’t happen in our area,” she said. “We’re pretty quiet over here. The kids play in the park all the time, constant neighborhood kids. And this is really shocking for our area.”
Another neighbor, Delia Todd said she takes her young children to the Sherman Avenue park on a weekly basis.
“They like to come here and play ball and play on the monkey bars. So this is traumatic even for them to come here this morning and see an event like this,” she said.
“To my surprise – waking up to something like this, it just gives you the jitters. I’m from Chicago. To have this right at my doorstep is unbelievable.”
A Springfield Police Lieutenant called the incident “very unusual” and “shocking”.