ST. BERNARD PARISH, La. – Authorities have identified the man found inside a burned out car Tuesday night.
The man whose body was found inside a torched Ford Mustang was identified as Christopher Campbell, 28, of Violet, according to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Campbell’s body was found in the driver’s seat of 2004 Ford Mustang after the fire was put out. The burned-out car was on the shoulder of LA 46 Extension in eastern St. Bernard Parish, according to the sheriff’s office.
His death is being investigated as a homicide, although the cause of death has not been released. “This homicide is odd, very odd,’’ Sheriff Jimmie Pohlmann said in a statement.
Authorities are looking into whether Campbell’s affinity for cars and street racing may be connected to his death.
“Campbell worked at several car body shops as a body and fender specialist and spent much of his off time working on cars and racing them, often with groups of fellow car enthusiasts,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office.
Where Campbell’s body and car were found is also known as an area where street racing takes place in St. Bernard Parish, according to the sheriff’s office.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or the sheriff’s office at 504-271-2501.