One dead after vehicle fire in Flathead

Police Investigation

Authorities say a body was found in a vehicle that burned near Hungry Horse in northwestern Montana.

Flathead County Sheriff's Office officials said in a statement Monday that human remains were found in a car engulfed by flames in the woods near Lion Lake on Saturday.

The body is being sent to the state crime laboratory for identification and an autopsy.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The following was sent out by the Flathead County Sheriff's Office:

On Dec. 8, 2018 at 5:20 p.m. the 911 center received a report of a vehicle fully engulfed in fire in the woods near Lion Lake in the Hungry Horse area. When the vehicle was extinguished it had extensive fire damage. The remains of one individual were found in the car. The victim’s body was recovered and will be sent to the Montana State Crime lab for autopsy. The subject has not yet been positively identified. The Flathead County Fire Investigation Team responded to the scene, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The case remains under investigation, and further information will be released as it becomes available. The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information to contact Crimestoppers at 406-752-8477, or the Detective Division at 406-758-5600.

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