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Vegas authorities investigate body found inside burned vehicle

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Metro police at the scene of a deadly vehicle fire under investigation on June 22, 2017. (Luis Marquez/FOX5) Metro police at the scene of a deadly vehicle fire under investigation on June 22, 2017. (Luis Marquez/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

UPDATE: Police say the vehicle seen fleeing from Five Star Tavern moments after the burglary matches the car found burned.

Las Vegas police and firefighters are investigating the discovery of a body found inside a burned car early Thursday morning in the northwest part of town.

Authorities reported they were first working a vehicle fire in the 6600 block of Castor Tree Way, near Cheyenne Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard, after 4:30 a.m.

Once the flames were extinguished, a body was discovered inside the car according to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. Neighbors told FOX5 they heard gunshots before seeing the car in flames.

"At first I thought well it's just a car on fire or something but then you know it looked kind of suspicious that it was really aflame so many police and then I said something's going on you know, I kind of thought there might be somebody in the car," Lori Pierce said.

Metro homicide detectives, fire crews, and arson investigators were investigating the crime scene.

"It's kind of frightening in your own neighborhood, you know, scary," Pierce said.

Detectives said an overnight robbery at a nearby Five Star Tavern, at the intersection of Rainbow Boulevard and Smoke Ranch Road, might be connected to the vehicle fire due to the timing and the location of the two incidents. Police say a car seen fleeing the tavern matches the burned car.

"It's definitely disturbing. We provided metro with two DVRs that have extensive coverage of inside the facility as well as outside the facility," Five Star Tavern owner Jim Minchey said.

Stay with FOX5 for updates on this story when more information becomes available. 

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