Monroe County: Woman found burned in car identified

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Monroe County Sheriff Pete Quirin reports an update relating to the investigation of a car fire that occurred off of County Highway T in the Township of Ridgeville.

The person discovered in the burning vehicle on September 18, 2012 has been identified by the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, through DNA analysis, as Karen Koca, age 33 of New Lisbon, Wisconsin.

The cause of death has yet to be determined.

The incident remains under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory.

SPARTA, Wis. (AP) -- Sheriff's investigators in western Wisconsin are working to identify a woman whose body was found in a burning car.

Monroe County Sheriff's Lt. Robert Conroy says the case is being treated as a homicide. Conroy tells WXOW-TV the woman's body was found in the rear of the car, although he wasn't more specific.

The burning car was discovered Sept. 18 north of Norwalk. Investigators have determined the victim was not the owner of the 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix with Minnesota license plates.

Conroy says it could be a week or more before crime lab testing to determine the woman's identity and cause of death is completed.

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