Capt. Ronnie Hampton, commander Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F, headquartered in Ardmore, said late Tuesday troopers have identified the vehicle that burned in a fatal early-morning blaze near the Interstate 35 northbound off ramp at mile marker 47 as belonging to a resident of Marshall County.
“OHP is working with the Murray County Sheriff, State Fire Marshal and the Medical Examiner as to the cause and positive identification of the occupant found inside the vehicle,” Hampton told The Ardmoreite shortly after 6 p.m.
Davis firefighters responding to the predawn blaze shortly after 3 a.m. discovered human remains inside the vehicle after dousing the blaze.
Hampton said the body was immediately sent to the medical examiner’s office for autopsy and, hopefully, an official cause of death determination. While the Troop F commander did not immediately label the death a homicide, he did say investigators did consider the circumstances suspicious.
According to Troop F reports, the 2002 Chevrolet was northbound on the interstate and departed the roadway to the right. The vehicle “later became consumed by fire,” the report states.