Man found dead in burned vehicle
Sep 04, 2011 | 3768 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A man was found dead in a burned vehicle near Ore City Tuesday.

Around 11:15 a.m. Upshur County Sheriff Office received a call of a vehicle fire at a residence on Hwy. 155 North.

The Upshur County Fire Marshall along with the Ore City Fire Department responded to the residence, Sheriff’s Investigator Freddie Fitzgerald said.

After the fire was extinguished, fire crews discovered a burned body in the vehicle. Upshur County Sheriff Office Investigators responded to the scene. Investigators, as well as the Fire Marshall, deemed the fire to be suspicious in nature, Fitzgerald said.

The Texas Rangers, along with a Longview Police Department Crime Scene Investigator, were contacted to assist in the investigation.

“Through the investigation it was found that the person located in the vehicle may not have died as a result of the fire, but by other means,” Fitzgerald said.

The investigation led to investigators obtaining an arrest warrant for murder for a Sharon Stanley Maxwell, a 43-year-old white female.

Mrs. Maxwell was taken into custody by Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputies in Ore City around 7:45 p.m.

Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter has ordered an autopsy and the body has been sent to Southwest Forensic Center in Dallas for an autopsy.

Mrs. Maxwell’s bond has been set at $750,000. The name of the victim is being with held pending positive identification. This case is still under investigation, Sheriff Anthony Betterton said.

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