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Los Angeles authorities investigating burned body found in Van Nuys

Posted at 11:08 AM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 14:23:27-04

VAN NUYS, Calif. — A burned body was found stuffed in a shopping cart near a park in Van Nuys. Authorities say the body was discovered Tuesday at a homeless encampment.

According to the Los Angeles Coroner's Office, the body was too badly burned to immediately determine its gender or how the person died. The incident follows a string of fire attacks on homeless people around the Los Angeles area.

A man was killed last month after his tent was set on fire outside a homeless shelter on Skid Row and another homeless person was charged with his death.