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Burned SUV owner identified

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MCCOMB, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Pike County Sheriff's Department has identified the owner of a burned SUV found early Tuesday morning, but still haven't identified the body in the vehicle.

The 1999 Mercury Mountaineer, found on Fernwood Road, seven miles south of Magnolia,  was registered to 44-year-old Janice Blackwell Brown. Deputies have not been able to locate the Pike County resident.

The body was badly burned and they could not determine the identity or gender.

Chief Deputy Steve Rushing says the case if being handled as a homicide investigation.

"We are certainly approaching it that way and we will unless we can determine differently," said Rushing.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has been called in to help.

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