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'Nude Female On Fire,' Dead Man In Flaming Cadillac Found By Police Hours Apart In Mysterious Philadelphia Deaths

A dead man was pulled from a burning Cadillac and a nude woman was found after being set ablaze near a park within hours of one another in North Philadelphia this week. 

By Dorian Geiger
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A pair of charred corpses turned up at the scenes of two separate suspicious fires in different locations in Philadelphia this week, authorities said.

After a dead man was recovered from a torched Cadillac in the city’s north end early on Wednesday morning, police received a call about a “nude female on fire,” who was then found mere hours later a few miles away.

On Feb. 17, firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire in Kensington around 12:45 a.m. An unresponsive man was later discovered inside the smoldering Cadillac sedan. The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead minutes afterward.

“There was no license plate attached to the vehicle, none that we could find,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said, as reported by CBS Philadelphia. “However, we did locate the vehicle identification number and we ran that through our computer, and the vehicle is registered about two miles from here in Philadelphia.”

Witnesses reported a sea of flames rising several feet into the sky above the luxury car before the fire was extinguished. 

Philadelphia police declined to specify whether foul play may have been involved in the incident.

“It has not been classified as homicide,” Officer Miguel Torres told Oxygen.com on Thursday. “This incident is being investigated as suspicious death pending further investigation and the medical examiner report."

The city’s Fire Marshal’s Office is now leading an investigation into the “cause and origin” of the blaze. 

“Once the FMO determines the cause, police can use that information to decide whether a crime has been committed and, if so, who to charge,” Kathy Matheson, a fire department spokesperson, told Oxygen.com

Roughly five hours later and four miles east, the burning body of a naked woman was discovered on a highway on the opposite end of Philadelphia’s north side. The woman, who has also not been identified, was found on Strawberry Mansion Drive near East Fairmount Park around 6:07 a.m., police said.

Her death is being treated as a homicide. No arrests have been made. 

Autopsies in both cases are pending. Authorities declined to comment on whether the two fires were connected on Thursday.

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