EAST PATCHOGUE, NY — Police found a body in a burning car in East Patchogue Sunday night, officials said.
The body was in the driver’s seat of a car in the parking lot of a businesses on Montauk Highway near Kane Avenue, police said. The fire department extinguished the fire before discovering a body burned beyond recognition inside the car around 8:20 p.m.
Arson Section detectives are investigating the cause of the fire.
Police identified the victim as 65-year-old Mohammad Rafiq late Monday. Detectives believe his death to be noncriminal in nature.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.