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Crews find burned body off Bay Area highway

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.

SAN JOSE — Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a fire after finding a body in an encampment off a highway in San Jose.

San Jose Fire Capt. Reggie Williams says crews were putting out the fire to some trees and brush near an onramp to northbound Highway 85 when they discovered the body late Tuesday night.

Williams said the victim's burns were so severe that authorities could not determine whether it is a man or a woman.

Authorities say that the victim was likely homeless and may have been camping in the area as crews also found a mattress and a tent at the site.

Williams added that investigators are now trying to determine whether the fire started accidentally.

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