Body found burning at Wake County park a suicide, autopsy says

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

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A preliminary autopsy states the person whose body was found burning at a Wake County park Sunday died in a suicide.

Tuesday afternoon, officials said the body was that of Elizabeth Marie Vandenbout, 59, of Park Summit Blvd. in Apex.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison earlier said dental records would be needed to properly identified the body.

The incident was first reported around 1:15 p.m. Sunday in Harris Lake County Park.

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.

On Monday, Harrison said foul play was ruled out in the person’s death.

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