Crews battling Ocean County brush fire find man dead in burned vehicle

An investigation is underway after a man was found dead in a burned vehicle located inside a brush fire scene, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office says.

At about 7:12 pm yesterday, Joint Base Fire Department spotted smoke in the area of Route 539 and Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area, and located a brush fire about a mile into the woods on Hawkin Road off of Route 539 in the Township of Plumsted. The brush fire was approximately one acre in size.

“Upon further investigation of the fire scene, a vehicle was located on the side of Hawkins Road, which displayed significant fire and heat damage throughout the vehicle,” the OCPO said. “Upon closer examination, the Investigator’s located a deceased individual in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.”

At this time the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Forest Fire Service, New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office, Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Plumsted Township Police are investigating.

“It appears at this time that there is no foul play, however the investigation is continuing and the exact cause and manner of death has not yet been determined. The identity of the deceased is pending autopsy results and has not yet been determined,” the Prosecutor’s Office said.

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  1. Don’t leave a vehicle idling on dry or any grass. The catalytic converter gets hot enough to start a fire under the car which you can’t see. On a hot day like yesterday idling on the grass with the AC on, your won’t notice if you caused a fire or not. Just saying…

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