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Dead body found inside burned SUV

January 17, 2012

After Conover Police found a dead body inside a crashed vehicle Tuesday morning, police investigators say they believe the driver suffered a medical condition that led to a fiery wreck off Reese Drive.

"It appears there was no foul play involved," Conover City Manager Donald Duncan said, adding that the wreck occurred about 9:45 a.m., according to Conover Police investigators. "A gentleman suffered from a medical condition while he was driving, went off the road, impacted a tree and ignited the fuel tank and was burned severely."

Initially Conover Fire Department responded to an emergency call for a woods fire.

As firefighters arrived on the scene and a vehicle was discovered, police responded, Duncan said.

Conover police investigators believe the man died before emergency responders arrived.

Police investigators believe they know the identity of the driver, who does not live in the area, but who was expected to be in Conover for an appointment with a local business. Police are working to get positive identification of the man, described as a white male in his mid-60s driving an SUV, and contact family before releasing a name.

Duncan said police investigators don't know the extent of the driver's medical condition and won't be able to make a ruling on absolute cause of death until a medical examiner's investigation is complete. N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the N.C. Medical Examiner's Office are assisting in the investigation.

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