No foul play suspected after burning body found at Wake County park

The investigation area in the park. Photo by Patrick Priest/CBS North Carolina.

NEW HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — The Wake County Sheriff’s Office said no foul play is suspected after a body was found burning in a county park Sunday.

Authorities will have to use dental records to identify the body, the county sheriff said.

The incident was first reported around 1:15 p.m. Sunday in Harris Lake County Park, said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

The body was found by Frisbee golf players who came across something burning and started to put out the blaze, but realized it was a body, Harrison said.

One of the frisbee golf players was Todd Hoover.

“We were getting ready to start our second round of disc golf when up here to hole zero and noticed that the woods were on fire,” Hoover said.

Hoover then called 911.

“There’s been a fire the woods and there’s a human being that is no longer alive that’s still burning,” Hoover said in the 911 call.

Hoover said he saw keys, a wallet and a propane tank by the body.

“It got real serious then and we kept concentrating on keeping the fire out and we didn’t want to mess with the body for forensics or whatever,” Hoover said.

“The fire was still going when we arrived and the fire department arrived. But other than that, we just have to put some pieces of the puzzle together,” Harrison said.

Harrison added that officials have not been able to identify the person, not even if they are male or female.

No foul play is suspected in the person’s death, officials confirmed.

When asked about ruling out foul play, Harrison said that investigators has just ruled it out.

“Its just some things that our investigators have turned up. Some different things that I don’t want to talk about right now,” Harrison said.

The park was closed and anyone already inside the park was escorted out by officials.

The park was still closed Monday morning.

CBS North Carolina will update this story as more information becomes available.

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