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Dead Chandler man found in burning car

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A body was found inside a burning car Saturday morning. Investigators believe it may have been caused by a low speed wreck.

A charred vehicle sat on the side of Erie Street in Chandler. Investigators and first responders peered inside at evidence and a body concealed by a blue tent.

Area residents and those who work near the scene were surprised at what investigators found.

"I never heard of anything like that here, that's shocking to me," said Joseph Arvizu, who works in the area.

"I said, 'What is going on in Chandler?'" said Patrick Swann, who was dropping his son off in the area.  

"[The] car looks like it is halfway on the side walk, halfway on the street, and it doesn't look like it has really made contact with the fence," said Seth Tyler, a Chandler police detective.

Tyler said a 911 call came in around 4 a.m. And when first responders arrived, the car was engulfed in flames.

Arson, homicide and traffic investigators were called out.
"Very difficult investigating any arson investigation because you have the destruction  of a lot of evidence," said Tyler.

Officers found the burning car just a few hundred feet from Chandler High School, which happens to have 24 hour surveillance cameras all over the property."

Curtis Hoekstra works for the school and said administrators are already cooperating with police to help them figure out exactly what happened.

The victim has been identified as an adult male.

A medical exam will be conducted Monday to determine if drugs, alcohol or a possible medical condition were factors.

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