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Long Island police find body in burning car

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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.