Deaths of people burned in brush fire probed as homicides

The charred remains of two people were found burned beyond recognition late Sunday in New Orleans, police said.

The bodies were found at the intersection of Maumus Avenue and Bennett Street in the city’s Algiers section, where police and fire officials responded at about 11:35 p.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a brush fire.

The bodies, both of which were badly burned and showed evidence of foul play, were found as emergency crews extinguished the fire, police said.

Investigators early Monday were continuing to gather evidence at the scene and identify a suspect in the deaths, which are being treated as homicides.

Messages seeking additional comment from police, including the age or gender of the victims, were not immediately returned.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will determine the victims’ cause of death and release their identities pending autopsy results and family notification, police said.

New Orleans police ask anyone with information to call (504) 658-5300.

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