Violet man tentatively ID’d as person found dead at 11 p.m. Tuesday in burning Ford Mustang on shoulder of Louisiana 46 Ext. in east St. Bernard; death not classified but is investigated as possible homicide

Posted: October 31st, 2012 | Filed under: Announcements, News Releases

The burned-out Ford Mustang in which the body of Christopher Campbell, 28, of St. Bernard Parish was found late Tuesday, Oct. 30.[/caption]
A Violet man has been tentatively identified as the person found dead at 11 p.m. Tuesday in a burning Ford Mustang on the shoulder of Louisiana 46 Ext. in eastern St. Bernard Parish, sheriff James Pohlmann said.

The death hasn’t been officially classified but is being investigated as a possible homicide, the sheriff said.

A passerby called authorities to report a vehicle on fire on the roadway, nearly at the junction of the Florissant/Delacroix highways in eastern St. Bernard.

A sheriff’s deputy in the area went to the site and the parish Fire department extinguished the fire, officials said.

The body of a man, burned badly in the blaze, was found in the driver’s seat of what turned out to be a 2004 Ford Mustang.

The man has tentatively been identified as a being a resident of Violet but authorities haven’t made a positive I.D. pending the matching of dental records.

An autopsy was performed by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office, which St. Bernard Parish contracts with, but the death hasn’t been officially classified, Sheriff Pohlmann said. The death is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Anyone with information about what may have happened or knows if anyone else was involved should call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 ir the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 and they may be eligible for a reward up to $2,500.