- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Firefighters say they found a Sioux City man dead inside a burning car near a Des Moines church.

According to a police report, 51-year-old Patrick James Murphy, II, was found dead Sunday night inside a Nissan Altima in the back of a church parking lot.

Fire officials say they found the car with the engine compartment on fire. They say they opened the driver’s door as the fire was being extinguished, where they discovered Murphy and determined he was dead.

KCCI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1DUrSI5 ) a witness says she was watching TV when she heard a pop and whooshing sound outside. She says she saw the entire front of the vehicle engulfed in flames.

Police say the incident is being investigated. An autopsy has been planned.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, https://www.kcci.com


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