Burnt to death in Owls Head Park

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Police are investigating the death of an apparently homeless man, whose burnt corpse was discovered by firefighters after they put out a blaze in Owls Head Park early on Tuesday morning.

Smokeeaters responded to a 911 call at around 4 am only to discover the man’s charred body after putting out the fire.

The victim had surrounded himself with candles, perhaps to stay warm, according to a police source. Police at the scene dusted several liquor and beer bottles for fingerprints after removing the body, and the victim’s name was not released, pending notification of his family.

Updated 6:44 am, December 31, 2008
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