Authorities Investigate after Finding Body Inside Torched Truck

Published 02/03 2012 10:22AM

Updated 02/03 2012 11:07AM

(PLATTE CITY, Mo.) Authorities in Platte City have launched an arson and death investigation after a man was found dead inside a torched truck this morning.

The Platte City Police Department found the man inside the truck that had been set on fire. It was the third vehicle fire they responded to in less than two hours.

The first car fire happened around 5:25 at 1881 Wilkerson Drive.

At 6:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to a car fire at 2128 Catie Lane.

Then, at 7:04, an identified male body was found inside a truck at 2113 Wilkerson Drive.

Police say the truck - that had been set on fire - did not belong to the man inside.

Authorities say at least nine vehicles in all have some level of fire damage that appears to be intentional.

The investigation continues with agents assisting from the Platte County Sheriff's Department, the KC Bomb and Arson Squad and other area law enforcement agencies.

Stay with KQ2 and for updates on this developing story.

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