Burned Victim Tentatively Identified

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Authorities say they believe a body found about two weeks ago in a burned out car in Clarke County, Miss., is that of Cynthia Molina, a woman from Louisiana who disappeared in 2003.

Molina, then 40, disappeared in November 2003 and about two weeks ago her car was found in woods off a rarely used dirt road in rural Mississippi. A body, burned beyond recognition, was in the front passenger seat.

DNA tests will be run to confirm the identity, but Sheriff Todd Kemp of Clarke County said he was "90 percent sure" the body was Molina's. He said the car and body may have been there for a year or more.

The cause of death tentatively was listed as fire, but Kemp said it could just as well have been by gunshot or stabbing. The body was too decomposed to offer any clues.

A Mississippi landowner clearing land for timber production came across her car about three miles from the closest town, Shubuta. The car was found deep in the woods beyond a rickety bridge that had been condemned for vehicle traffic.


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