Body found inside partially submerged vehicle in Cass County - KCTV5

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Cass County identifies body pulled from lake

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CASS COUNTY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Authorities have identified a body found inside a partially submerged vehicle in a conservation in western Missouri.

The Cass County Sheriff's Department said in a press release that the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as 27-year-old George Wood of Belton.

Deputies removed the vehicle from the Bittern Bottoms Conservation Area south of Harrisonville when the grisly discovery was made about 1 p.m. Monday.

Both the vehicle and the body had been burned.

"Because of the nature of the incident, the Kansas City Crime Lab has been called in to assist," said a news release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office on Monday.

The conservation area is located on East 307th Street near Highway DD southwest of Harrisonville.

Authorities said someone driving by saw the vehicle, which was visible from the road. Part of the vehicle was found in shallow, muddy waters.

A red gas can apparently was found near the vehicle. Detectives bagged it up as evidence.

Sheriff's spokesman Cpl. Kevin Tieman said there appears to be no sign of foul play, but he added that Cass County detectives are waiting for additional test results before making a final determination on the cause of death.

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