Firefighters found a body Thursday in the trunk of a smoldering car at an entrance to Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia, police said.

Due to the condition of the body, officials could not immediately determine the sex, age, race, or cause of death, police said.

Police said firefighters were called about 7:15 a.m. to the park entrance on the 2300 block of Woodward Street in the Bustleton section. They found a newer-model white Lexus smoldering. Firefighters found the body when they opened the trunk.

No information about the victim or the vehicle was available Thursday evening.

Police removed the charred vehicle from the scene at 12:52 p.m. Ashes and scattered car parts littered the area, about 20 feet from the creek. A neighborhood along Winchester Avenue is immediately up the hill from the crime scene.

Robert Brabham, who lives on Woodward, said the fire could have endangered the park.

"It just so happened that they caught this fire," he said. "This place could have gone up ... because of all the trees."

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