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2 bodies found in burning vehicle in McFarland

Published On: Jan 30 2013 11:16:14 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 02 2013 07:43:09 AM CST

Credit: Dannika Lewis

MCFARLAND, Wis. -

Firefighters in a town near Madison found two dead bodies after extinguishing a burning car Tuesday.

McFarland police and firefighters responded at about 6 a.m. to a report of a vehicle on fire near the intersection of Holscher Road and Prairie Wood Drive in the village of McFarland.

As officers arrived at the scene, they observed a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

Police Lt. Brian Redman said it wasn't until after firefighters got the fire out that they discovered the bodies.

Redman said police are trying to identify the bodies. He said their genders couldn't be immediately ascertained.

Police Chief Craig Shervan said there is no reason to suspect foul play at this time, but that could change as the investigation continues.

Neighbor Tom Dunn woke up to the bright police lights and spotted the smoldering car.

"It's very shocking anywhere, shocking here,” Dunn said. "It's a terrible way to start the New Year."

Dunn said he would never expect anything like this to happen so close to where he lives. He was also surprised that it would happen on such a busy street and not somewhere more private.

"There's never really the police around here or anything like that. It's just very quiet. For whatever went on, it's just very unusual," Dunn said.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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