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2 bodies found inside burned vehicle in Hamlin

September 11, 2018 06:26 AM

A secluded area behind a warehouse in Hamlin is now a crime scene.

Late Monday morning, someone discovered a burned out car with two dead bodies inside.

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The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is treating it as a double homicide and spent the entirety of Monday afternoon gathering evidence. 

Chief Deputy Michael Fowler says investigators don't have much to work with. He says the car and everything inside of it was destroyed.

"The vehicle had burned considerably through," said Fowler. "The fire was old. It was extinguished by the time they [emergency responders] got there and they discovered the bodies of two deceased persons with that vehicle."

Due to the nature of the deaths, Fowler said it will take multiple days to positively identify the victims. 

He said his office is working with the Monroe County Special Operations Fire Bureau and the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office. 

The office also reached out for another tool it hopes will help uncover evidence at the scene.

"We have requested the use of a canine used to investigate fires out of Yates County ...we're awaiting the arrival of that canine," Fowler said.

It is an accelerant detection canine that goes through a fire scene and can detect if something was used to start the fire. 

News10NBC has learned the car was driven to the area sometime Saturday night or Sunday. Authorities have determined who registered the car but have not been able to get ahold of him or her.

The sheriff's office is still working to determine if that person was one of the deceased persons. 

"It is something that is unusual...as I stated, we don't know yet what happened," Fowler said. "We're still trying to fit in those missing pieces. So we're not classifying it in a certain way."

Fowler is asking anyone who was in the area of King Street and Lake Road Saturday or Sunday and saw anything odd or noticed a suspicious vehicle, to call 911.

Watch Chief Deputy Michael Fowler's update below:

Stay with News10NBC on-air and online for updates on this developing story.

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