Any member of the public with information are encouraged to call St. Petersburg Police.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) –

UPDATE (September 24, 2020): The body found in the trunk of the burning car earlier this week was identified through dental records. The victim is Jesus Manuel Tavarez-Soto, born January 5, 1965. The burned vehicle, a 2014 black Nissan Sentra, was registered to the victim.

A cyclist discovered the burned car at 6 a.m., Monday, September 21st, on the Skyway Trail of the Pinellas Trail Network, near the Twin Brooks golf course.

Also, St. Petersburg Police Department and the Gulfport Police Department are now working this case as a joint investigation. The loop of the trail where the burned car was located is within the City of Gulfport’s jurisdiction.

If anyone has information on this case, please contact Gulfport Police Dispatch at 727-582-6177, or email mpalmisano@mygulfport.us.

UPDATE (September 22, 2020): The victim located in the trunk of the burnt car has been identified as an adult male.

Detectives continue to track down leads and tips. Any member of the public with information are encouraged to call St. Petersburg Police Department’s non-emergency line, 727-893-7780.

ORIGINAL INFORMATION (September 21, 2020): Shortly after 6am this morning, St.Pete Fire Rescue responded to a car fire on the Pinellas Trail behind the Twin Brooks golf course near 22nd Ave. South and 41st St. South.

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters discovered a body in the trunk. St. Petersburg Police are now investigating. The body is too badly burned to determine race, sex or further identifying characteristics.

The car was reportedly located in a place otherwise legally inaccessible by motorists.

CW44 News At 10 will provide further updates as they become available.

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