Body Found In The Trunk Of Burning Luxury Car

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The body of a man was found in the trunk of a burning luxury sedan late yesterday night in an Arleta alleyway. Cops are saying that the death may be gang-related.

Firefighters, who were initially responding to a dumpster fire, made the grim discovery at 10:35 p.m. Monday night after opening the trunk of the smoldering Audi A4, according to City News Service. Much of the car was engulfed in flames, but the trunk remained untouched. The unidentified man has been described as a Hispanic male in his 20s

"It appears the man was already dead when the fire was set," LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said in a statement. "It looks like the killer(s) was trying to cover his tracks."

Pictures from the scene show the car's burned out shell as authorities investigate the incident.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but authorities believe that it may be drug or gang related.

Arson investigators are currently scouring the area for clues. Anyone with any additional information about the case is urged to call Robbery Homicide Division, at (818) 486-6890. If you want to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).